Puerto Rico: Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor

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Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, gave voice to rising anger on the USA island territory as she delivered a sharp retort on Friday to comments from a top Trump administration official who said the federal relief effort was a "a good news story". "If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", she said.

She implored the president, who is set to visit the USA territory on Tuesday, to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives".

Elaine Duke, acting secretary at the Homeland Security Department, said more than 90 percent of the island now has limited accessibly and 200 gas stations are open. She also drove past still-flooded streets, twisted billboards and roofs with gaping holes, and offered encouragement to some of the emergency personnel the USA government has on the ground.

"This is, dammit, this is not a good news story", Ms. Cruz said on CNN.

Duke emphasized the scale of the disaster, noting that while Hurricane Maria was a category 4, it was just "one mile [per hour wind speed] away from being a category 5 hurricane".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said during a September 28 briefing that in Puerto Rico, "The full weight of the USA government is engaged".

The local government in Puerto Rico, the president said, was "totally and, unfortunately, unable to handle this catastrophic crisis" alone, and the U.S.is having to send truck drivers because the truck drivers there are taking care of their families.

"Really our biggest challenge has been the logistical assets to try to get some of the food and some of the water to different areas of Puerto Rico", Governor Rossello told MSNBC on Thursday. By now, telecommunications are back for about 30 per cent of the island, almost half of the supermarkets have reopened at least for reduced hours and about 60 per cent of the gas stations are pumping.

At least 10,000 containers of supplies - including food, water and medicine - were sitting Thursday at the San Juan port, waiting to be deployed throughout the USA territory.

Ms. Duke traveled to Puerto Rico on Friday and tried to smooth over the flap, agreeing that the situation on the ground "is not satisfactory".

"This is what they do", Rubio said Thursday. "It's been wiped out".

Speaking about the recovery efforts days after the hurricane hit the island, Mayor Bill de Blasio said thousands of New Yorkers have a personal connection to Puerto Rico. He seems to be suggesting that i f the news outlets weren't telling the story of hampered relief efforts, then there wouldn't be an issue. "It's too warm", she said. But Trump and others have also paid special attention to Puerto Rico's debt in recent days, prompting concern that the fiscal oversight board to which Congress a year ago delegated financial authority over the island would prioritize bondholders over Puerto Ricans' recovery needs.

"When it comes to saving lives, we are all part of one community of shared values", she said. "We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe".

Trump has been criticized for appearing to be less attentive to Puerto Rico than to Texas and Florida following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job".

"I am very satisfied", Duke said of the federal response.

Cruz responded the quote on the brink of tears saying: 'When you're drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story.



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