Trump Criticizes San Juan Mayor Over 'Poor Leadership' in Puerto Rico Recovery

Trump says 'big decisions' to be made on rebuilding costs for Puerto Rico

And House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief account would get a $6.7 billion boost by the end of the week.

Elaine Duke, acting secretary of Homeland Security, plans to travel to the USA commonwealth Friday to help coordinate the federal government's response efforts.

Trump has said he's doing everything possible to help the "great people of PR!" and has pledged to spare no effort to help the island recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath.

"I can't get in touch with nobody", she said.

"Outside fake news or politically motivated ingrates. people are now starting to recognize the fantastic work that has been done by FEMA and our great military", he tweeted. He also took issue with media coverage of the administration's response, writing: "Wish press would treat fairly!"

But Trump's comments drew swift condemnation elsewhere, particularly from U.S. Democrats. "As was said after Hurricane Andrew: 'Where the hell is the cavalry?'" he said in a statement. General Jeffrey Buchanan to lead all military hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The Department of Homeland Security has sent barges to deliver meals, water and other necessities to Puerto Rico.

"Just like God helps us, we help each other", said resident Noemi Santiago, weeping. "And if we don't get the food and the water into people's hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide".

But Puerto Rican officials say supplies have been held up in ports, unable to be delivered. But his response to the Hurricane Maria disaster in Puerto Rico has been markedly different, in both actions and words. "It's been really slow".

In remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, Trump also defended his administration's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

"There are people literally just modeling their uniforms", Melendez said. "But when people are suffering and dying, and that's my family, I'm beyond offended".

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With power still out following Hurricane Maria, residents of the La Perla neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, use portable lights distributed by the city government. Large numbers of generators are now on Island.

Later in the day, Trump tempered his tweeted barbs. The hurricane has killed at least 16 people, according to the official death toll. Rivera said he began distributing it to hard-hit rural areas.

"Actually, I was asking for help".

"With them being in debt, they don't have enough ready liquid cash to pay their normal share", Bossert said.

"We have done an incredible job, considering there's absolutely nothing to work with", he said. The distribution of much needed diesel fuel is hampered by a lack of truck drivers.

"He is looking for excuses for things not going well", Cruz told CNN.

"This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water".

"We will quickly act on that request", Ryan said.

Trump earned broad public approval, polls show, for his enthusiastic response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. That order included Puerto Rico but expired last week, shortly after Maria struck.

Trump's weekend tweets have shown him to be contemptuous of their complaints of a laggard US response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future.

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