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Trump blasts San Juan mayor in wake of Maria response criticism

Trump blasts San Juan mayor in wake of Maria response criticism”

"She has been working 24/7 [while] you have been GOLFING", Miranda said to Trump Saturday (Sept. 30) after he critiqued Cruz's leadership in Puerto Rico following the relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Cruz said Puerto Rico was in desperate need of aid, claiming that the death toll from the hurricane will rise without urgent assistance.

"Congress must immediately take up an appropriations bill to come to Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands' aid", Warren wrote.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said she signed the waiver of a federal law called the Jones Act to clear the way for foreign-flagged ships to deliver supplies between USA ports.

"Well, maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story", Cruz said.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Monica, you mentioned earlier that people are talking about a kind of new normal there. The hurricanes have left much of the island without water and electricity, and have led to widespread shortages of gasoline and food.

"The Mayor has been using the radio station to organize the clean-up of the town, and let the population know what is going on". I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying.

"It's just really hard to concentrate", she said. "The conditions, the desperation that all these people have".

Trump also criticized Puerto Rican officials for waiting for federal help to begin responding to the storm.

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Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico was barely discussed this weekend
White House officials have signaled that Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico , but an official date has yet to be announced . Ricardo Rossello said 70,000 people could be in danger on the USA territory if the dam failed.

"The President and I will not be fully satisfied, however, until every Puerto Rican is back home, the power is back on, clean water is fully available, schools and hospitals are fully open, and the Puerto Rican economy is working", said Duke. "Mayday! We are in trouble", Cruz said at a press conference Friday.

Nobody is saying the emergency crews on the ground aren't doing everything they can.

Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20, knocking out power to the entire island, causing widespread flooding and major damage to homes and infrastructure. "This is a people-are-dying story", she said.

"With them (Puerto Rico) being in debt, they don't have enough ready liquid cash to pay their normal share", Bossert told the CNN. But a comparison of the response timelines to Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 and to Maria in Puerto Rico now are not particularly favorable. Sen.

"We need to do a lot more in order for us to get out of the emergency", Rosselló said.

Yet even in voicing solidarity and sympathy with Puerto Rico, he drew attention again to the island's debt burden and infrastructure woes, leaving doubt about how far Washington will go to make the USA territory whole.

As a result, the costliness of adhering to the Jones Act inflates prices paid by Puerto Ricans and impacts the cost of living on the island as a whole.

After some reluctance, the Trump administration authorized a waiver on Thursday to loosen shipping rules for Puerto Rico, potentially paving the way for more deliveries of fuel and other critical supplies.



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