Trump Rips San Juan Mayor: 'Told by the Democrats to Be Nasty'

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"Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates, people are now starting to recognize the awesome work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military", he tweeted.

"There's nothing's been wiped out", President Donald Trump said of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, hours after Acting Homeland Security Secretary got torched for calling the government's response in Puerto Rico a "good news story".

The president and the Puerto Rican mayor engaged in a spat Saturday over whether or not the federal government had done enough to aid the US island territory in its ongoing recovery efforts.

"I recognize that right now, whether it's the gas line or the ATM line, we're limited", Governor Ricardo Rossello told Reuters in an interview on Saturday at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the government's temporary headquarters.

While Trump did not directly call Cruz out, his past attacks on the mayor suggest that the "politically motivated ingrates" portion of his tweet is directed squarely at Cruz. Puerto Rico, too, was picking up after Irma's damage even as Maria slammed it.

San Juan's mayor had a furious reaction Friday to the White House claim that relief efforts in Puerto Rico amount to a "good news story".

Cruz said she wasn't alone in concluding that federal action to help the US commonwealth recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit on September 20, had been inadequate so far.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who lost the 2016 Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, called Trump's tweets "unspeakable". "I will say whatever needs to be said or done to be able to do that".

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President Donald Trump says Washington is - in his words - "fully engaged in the disaster and the response and recovery effort".

Cruz responded to the president's attack later Saturday, telling MSNBC that she has "no time for distractions".

"I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania".

Cruz also said she and her family are staying at the Coliseum in San Juan, along with more than 600 people.

In a perhaps-unconscious echo of George W. Bush's 2005 "heckuva job" appraisal of his own administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, on Saturday Donald Trump took to Twitter to laud his government's "amazing job" after Hurricane Maria and continued to jeer Puerto Ricans who have called for more efficient federal relief from the damage caused by the most powerful storm to strike the territory in almost 90 years.

But Cruz tells ABC's "This Week" that "there's only one goal, and it's saving lives".

But San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz heatedly denied that. Many residents are without food and water.