Trump says Puerto Rico mayors 'want everything done for them'

  • Trump says Puerto Rico mayors 'want everything done for them'

Trump says Puerto Rico mayors 'want everything done for them'

"This is a message for President Trump: Thank you for calling San Juan yesterday and listening for our mayday call". At first flights were able to get to the island, but now one local woman says they're on hold.

The comments of the former mayor of Burlington, whom some believe may launch a presidential bid in 2020, came as Mr Trump scoffed at what he called the "politically motivated ingrates" who had questioned his administration's commitment to rebuilding Puerto Rico.

Cruz said all she wanted was for the federal government to do everything possible to ease the plight of millions of islanders still lacking food, electricity and fresh water.

Trump, in a tweet earlier this week, first linked the expense of the recovery effort with Puerto Rico's inability to repay more than $70 billion in debt owed to Wall Street.

Critics tore into President Trump after he targeted the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda among the loudest lashing back in response to the president's Saturday morning Twitter rant.

She said: 'We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency.

Cruz appeared to respond Saturday, though she did not mention Trump by name.

She avoided directly criticizing the president Sunday.

The president plans to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Organizers said they know they're not alone in this battle, because when struggles arise, the Erie community steps up. An estimated 10,000 people remain in shelters, he said.

Mnuchin says the entire Trump administration is "very much focused" on helping Puerto Rico.

Trump, who spent the weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., said his administration is making a difference in Puerto Rico. "I don't know what world Trump is living in". And reviews on the ground in Puerto Rico have been mixed.

"Just to see the mud and the debris filled with the rivers that have overflowed, seeing people who are trapped, and seeing people risking their lives to rescue them", said the Democratic lawmaker in the US House of Representatives.

As he began a speech Friday to the National Association of Manufacturers, Trump said he was sending thoughts and prayers to people of Puerto Rico.

Tensions over Washington's handling of the recovery effort boiled over Friday as a tearful Cruz said at a press conference, "We are dying here" and called on President Trump to put someone in charge of the relief effort who "is up to the task of saving lives". He said she had "poor leadership ability".

"The people who are the best in this are the US military". But the agency says it can not now accept repayments, so those who need to complete urgent travel before repaying the loan have to contact the government to petition for a replacement passport. "People are now starting to recognize the wonderful work that has been done by FEMA and our great military".

The mayor of the island's capital city has complained about a slow response to the disaster.