Locals struggle to get information on loved ones in Puerto Rico

Gale Maldonado carries away water bottles being passed out to people waiting to evacuate Puerto Rico by cruise ship in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan Puerto Rico Thursday Sept. 28 2017. The aftermath of the powerful storm has resulted

In a series of tweets sent while Trump was visiting his New Jersey golf resort, the president criticized Yulín Cruz for "not being able to get workers help" and he applauded the federal workers on the island for their efforts. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who has been critical of the federal response to the devastation on the island, saying on Saturday that she was showing "poor leadership".

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert dropped into the White House press briefing on Thursday to give an update on his department's bad response to Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", Cruz said in a news conference. "There's some elderly on board, there's some people with medical conditions that require attention and have been given priority", Izquierdo said. "This is a life or death story", she added.

In another tweet, he blamed "Fake News CNN and NBC" for going out of their way "to disparage our great First responders".

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us" on the massive rebuilding effort and how it will be funded and what to do about the "tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island".

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"They are working so hard but there's nothing left", he said.

Maria made landfall as a major Category 4 hurricane in Puerto Rico on September 20, killing at least 16 people, knocking out power, decimating infrastructure and drowning the island's agriculture.

We have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, Ark.to support our associates in Puerto Rico.

"Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!" over the words "American tragedy". "I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying".

Other Trump administration officials offered the same sentiment.

Those comments were made before the hurricane destroyed 55 percent of the island's electrical transmission towers and wiped out the power grid, government officials said.

As of this morning, just over half of Puerto Rico's gas stations had reopened and Rossello said additional fuel will be arriving throughout next week.

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