Anger grows over Puerto Rico relief effort

President Donald Trump speaks to media

Marco Rubio, aired open criticism or at least calls for a course-correction on Thursday. "This is textbook and it's been done well", Bossert told reporters Thursday at the daily White House press briefing.

After hearing Duke's comments, Cruz told CNN it was "irresponsible" to spin the island's devastation so positively.

"I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane", Duke said.

"All appropriate departments of our government, from Homeland Security to Defense, are engaged fully in the disaster and the response and recovery effort", Mr Trump said before delivering a speech in Washington to the National Association of Manufacturers.

"We're seeing diesel fuel being promised for a few hours at a time as opposed to anything that's going to be more sustainable for them".

The mayor has been critical of the lack of "marching orders" coming from the White House, complaining that there was little logistical understanding from the federal government.

Solivan is spearheading donation and relief efforts for the island.

"We seem to be losing a lot of time in jurisdictional trifles", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said in an interview Wednesday. He will be the Pentagon's main liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the USA government's lead agency on the island, and focus on aid distribution, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Asencio said that dire situation means the Trump administration needs to militarize more of its relief response. Trump's swift reactions after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were driven by the fact that numerous victims of those storms looked just like him.

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This is yet another injustice the people of Puerto Rico have to face as the United States treats them as second-class citizens.

Generators need fuel, which is on short supply.

Companies are stepping up to rebuild Puerto Rico.

Duke said the federal response is focusing first on restoring power to hospitals before moving to gas stations.

In a move created to rush more emergency supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Trump Administration today temporarily waived the 97-year-old Jones Act which bars foreign-flag vessels from serving U.S. trades.

The U.S. government has temporarily lifted the Jones Act following severe storms in the past, but critics had charged the government was slow to do this for Puerto Rico. It's been an unprecedented storm, it's been an unprecedented response, and the President and I have absolutely 100% confidence in what Sec.

And even today I received supplies from Puerto Rico that we'll distribute tomorrow. "What you see here with me is not the reality of the people of Puerto Rico. I'm glad you raised those points about his bankruptcies, and for him to raise that issue at this moment, tone-deaf doesn't begin to explain how out of touch he is". I hope Americans collectively will push for a more urgent relief response to the island.

Dr. Mayra Rodriguez, a physician from the Bronx, also helped to organize the rally, after having also waited at a Florida airport with other medical professionals trying to gain access to the island where their loved ones and friends live, and where access to food and water - let alone medical care - is dwindling.

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