Sanders: Trump's Puerto Rico rhetoric 'unspeakable'

  • Sanders: Trump's Puerto Rico rhetoric 'unspeakable'

Sanders: Trump's Puerto Rico rhetoric 'unspeakable'

Some mayors, she added, were afraid to speak out for fear of endangering the flow of USA relief.

"We're one of the few restaurants that have a generator", said Daniela Santini, 19, who works there. "It's been wiped out".

Here are some agencies that are helping in the recovery effort in Puerto Rico. Emphasising the difficulty of the task of rebuilding devastated areas, Trump noted that the USA territory is "an island surrounded by water".

She also rejected the idea that "Democrats", none of whom Trump named in particular, had told her to "be nasty" toward the president.

Duke visited the island Friday to survey damage and meet local officials. Her interest in politics began young, first as president of her San Juan high school student council and school representative at a presidential youth summit.

That statement infuriated the mayor of San Juan and prompted her to respond to what she called "an irresponsible statement" saying, "This is, dammit, this is not "a good news story.' This is a "people are dying" story".

However, Puerto Rico is still facing a humanitarian crisis, and many of its people remain without power and water.

When pressed, Rossello said he did not interpret Trump's tweets as a slight to Puerto Rico's people.

Trump weighed in on his way to New Jersey for the weekend.

Guaynabo's mayor, Angel Perez, said in an interview with The Daily Caller that his experience with the federal government has been different from Cruz's, in part because - unlike Cruz - he has been participating in meetings with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies.

Some of Puerto Rico's mayors have praised federal hurricane relief efforts, while others have joined Cruz in saying they have been insufficient and slow-moving.

"Some [mayors] would like the help to be faster but we also know that FEMA is dealing with what happened in Houston and in Florida and now in Puerto Rico", Perez said.

Trump has since tweeted that he will be visiting Puerto Rico on Tuesday, October 2, with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.

Destruction from Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

The process of rebuilding the island will be a long road ahead as the costs and expenses of the project will be enormous.

During this season's trio of monster hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, Maria - Trump and his administration have drifted into the perilous territory of premature self-congratulation in the face of unfolding catastrophe, seemingly unmindful of the "Brownie moment" that scarred George W. Bush's presidency.

"We're certainly bringing in more", Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan told CNN on Friday, a day after he was appointed by the Pentagon. At least 16 people on the USA commonwealth died, the government has said. "But we have it under really great control", Trump said. In addition to widespread power outages, many people have limited access to gas, cash and running water.

"Just like God helps us, we help each other", said resident Noemi Santiago, weeping.

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. This week, Trump did waive the act, but it appears to only affect ships going into Puerto Rico, and not the Virgin Islands.

As Trump spoke, someone in the crowd accused him of not caring about Puerto Rico, using a vulgarism to make the point.