Trump praises FEMA, military for Puerto Rico relief efforts

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US President Donald Trump spoke by phone with senior officials in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico late Saturday, hours after lashing out at the mayor of San Juan who had pleaded for help and criticised the slow federal response.

Officials and residents of the USA island devastated by Hurricane Maria say that's not true.

"Every minute we spend in the political realm bickering with one another over who's doing what, or who's wrong, or who didn't do right is a minute of energy and time that we're not spending trying to get the response right", Rubio told CBS.

Destroyed electrical posts by Hurricane Maria is seen in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 2017.

"If we don't get the food and water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide", Cruz said Friday.

As we reported earlier today, The Donald is shamefully criticizing San Juan's mayor after she had the audacity to beg for the United States to save the island... and Miranda, whose father Luis moved to NY from Puerto Rico as a teenager, isn't putting up with Trump's bull shit.

"Damn it, this is not a good news story", Cruz told CNN.

She stayed on the US mainland after her schooling, working in human resources for the US Treasury and in the business world for companies such as Colgate-Palmolive and Cellular One.

Ground Reports: Because power and communication lines still remain out for much of the island, hospitals rely on diesel fuel - already in short supply - and have trouble contacting and coordinating patient care.

In an appearance on ABC's "This Week", Cruz said she will meet with Trump during his scheduled visit on Tuesday "if he asks to meet with me".

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"Despite the fake news media in conjunction with the dems", he tweeted, "an wonderful job is being done in Puerto Rico".

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough slammed President Donald Trump for his attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Saturday. I'm just a little mayor from the capital of San Juan.

Rossello has been less critical of the federal effort than Cruz. "If anyone can hear us; Mr. Trump can hear us, let's just get it over with and get the ball rolling".

"Poor leadership would be hiding at a country club golfing while fellow Americans are suffering and dying".

Yulín Cruz maintained the focus should be foremost on saving the people of Puerto Rico.

The president also thanked Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp "who stated that #FEMA and Military are doing a GREAT job!"

On Tuesday, he's due to visit Puerto Rico, where Maria killed at least sixteen people and left numerous island's 3.4 million residents without power and water.

Across all of the mainland United States, various food and donation drives have been held throughout the past couple of weeks, hoping to get aid to those who need it. Then, the storm - the second hurricane to hit this season - left the island of 3.4 million people without clean water and electricity for basic health-care services and food storage. Trump's acting homeland security secretary, Elaine Duke surveyed the Puerto Rican landscape by helicopter during a visit Friday.

The reality of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, however, has rarely lined up with the Trump administration's optimistic takes on the situation. FEMA Administrator Brock Long defended his agency's response in a Sunday interview on "This Week", saying Cruz needs to be more engaged with coordination efforts on the island by meeting regularly at a joint field office established by the agency.

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