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Under fire, Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

30 Setiembre 2017, 09:13 | Bibiana Flor

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"When you have to pull people down from buildings - I'm sorry, that really upsets me and frustrates me".

"This is a "people are dying" story, this is a life and death story, this is a truckload of stuff that can not be taken to people story", the mayor said on the verge of tears and sounding exhausted.

"Again, Mr. Trump, we appreciate everything you are doing and we know it can be done faster", Cruz said.

Given that some of those most basic needs aren't being met - and the fact that Trump's administration has come under fire for not moving as aggressively to address the devastation caused by Maria as it did for hurricanes Irma and Harvey - Duke's comment feels deeply out of touch.

Duke traveled to Puerto Rico on Friday and spoke briefly about her previous comments, saying she was proud of the work federal officials and first responders are doing.

But Trump's tweeting propensities tell us nothing about whether he is responding properly to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. Damn it, this is not a good news story. "I can tell you we made two giant cash shipments", Mnuchin said.

Mendez, the mayor, and his staff have distributed water and food at various sites in Aguadilla.

FEMA, which is leading the relief effort, has sent 150 containers filled with relief supplies to the port of San Juan since the hurricane struck on September 20, said Omar Negron, director of Puerto Rico's Ports Authority. For many residents of the poverty-stricken island who have lost their homes, possessions, and jobs, it could take years to repay debt incurred so they didn't starve to death in the crisis.

But is there any merit to the claim that the Trump administration has been insufficiently attentive to the crisis in Puerto Rico. "It's not enough, but we're bringing more in", General Buchanan said.

In his Saturday morning tweets, Trump also lashed out at the media for what he said was biased coverage, saying that the "Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico".

Carrasco has so many family members still in Puerto Rico that she had to clarify if she should include second, third and fourth cousins when asked to estimate how much family she still has there.

In a statement delivered from a relief center, Cruz said, "I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out the logistics for a small island". He said all appropriate agencies of the government "are fully engaged in the disaster and the response and recovery effort".

"I'm fighting to save lives - that's it", Cruz said.

Also as part of that effort, the USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, was leaving the Virginia port of Norfolk on Friday for Puerto Rico.

"Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: 'The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered, '" the president tweeted. "And as you might imagine, it's very hard to run a hospital that way", he said.

Things are awful in Puerto Rico following a direct hit with Hurricane Maria, and for numerous people who live there, problems are only mounting as time drags on without power, communication, or even clean drinking water. It's not a "good news story". She made another desperate appeal to Trump on Friday, asking him to step up the response efforts and figure out a way to deliver much-needed aid to struggling Puerto Ricans, despite logistical issues.

Louisiana is looking to help those in Puerto Rico by hosting a statewide donation drive from now until Wednesday October 11th.

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