Trump criticizes Puerto Rico mayor for "Poor Leadership"

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San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz had some sharp words about federal response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. At least 10,000 federal relief workers and 7,500 troops are on the island, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. "I didn't see it as assigned to the people of Puerto Rico, I saw it as a personal difference with the mayor of San Juan".

Asked about Trump's claim that Cruz had "been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", the mayor said: "Maybe he's used to women who have to be told what to do".

"I wasn't there to criticize; I was there to beg for help", she said.

In another tweet, he blamed "Fake News CNN and NBC" for going out of their way "to disparage our great First responders". "As was said after Hurricane Andrew: 'Where the hell is the cavalry?'" he said in a statement.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré led the military response in 2005 to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Citizens continue to seek food, water and supplies in the wake of the devastating storm.

San Lorenzo residents are collecting spring water to drink and taking turns cooking food for each other because residents are running low on basic supplies. He added that the authorities of Puerto Rico together with the USA government should decide how these massive restoration efforts would be financed and implemented.

The acting USA homeland security secretary is headed to Puerto Rico to see the devastation and meet local officials.

In remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, Trump also defended his administration's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico. "People are suffering outside".

The category four hurricane a week ago killed 16 people on the island and left millions in need of aid. Large numbers of generators are now on Island. In three tweets, Trump has moved a simmering, somewhat-negative story for his administration to the front burner.

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Darlene Superville and Luis Alonso Lugo are Associated Press writers. Rivera said he began distributing it to hard-hit rural areas.

In the nearby fishing town of Catano, authorities said they would open a distribution point over the weekend to hand out food and water, almost two weeks after the hurricane hit.

Trump told reporters on Friday, "We have done an incredible job considering there's absolutely nothing to work with".

"You either solve the problem in Puerto Rico, or the problem will show up in the other states in the mainland", Varela said.

Cruz said she shared values with the Democratic Party but did not participate in the party and pointed out that Republican Sen.

"This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water".

The House speaker announced that the FEMA's disaster relief account would get "a huge capital injection" of $6.7 billion by the end of the week to help Puerto Rico recover.

Trump and Vice President Pence are slated to visit the island next week. Unless you're here you don't really know what's going on.

"We will quickly act on that request", Ryan said. That order included Puerto Rico but expired last week, shortly after Maria struck. Of the latter, he noted that in that US territory "people workng hard".

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