DoD Accelerates Hurricane Relief, Response Efforts in Puerto Rico

DoD Accelerates Hurricane Relief, Response Efforts in Puerto Rico”

Trump was spending Sunday at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, before traveling to another golf course in nearby Jersey City to present the trophy to the victor of the Presidents Cup tournament.The Trump administration sent several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short of the work done after hurricanes struck Texas, Florida, and Louisiana.

"We are dying here, and I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles".

Charles W. Cooke, an editor for conservative journal The National Review, said that while Trump didn't deserve the early critiques of his response, his posts on Saturday had changed Cooke's opinion.

Yulín Cruz responded to the tweets in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday: "I was asking for help", she said.

Puerto Rico, home to more than 3 million US citizens, has had limited food, bottled water and medical supplies since Hurricane Maria struck nine days ago.

Trump said the media reporting from Puerto Rico were "doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's".

Later Saturday, Cruz - who has been living in a shelter after her home was destroyed in the hurricane - told MSNBC that the issue was not personal and said municipal employees were working as hard as they could. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz declined to join the new war of words, but instead called for a united focus on the people who need help. The U.S. president's trip to a New Jersey golf course is said to have delayed the island's intended aid, according to reports. Addressing Trump specifically, Cruz added, "We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy".

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Trump added that due to incompetence, the USA had to send 10,000 federal workers to the devastated region. "I know there's a tendency for fatigue because we've just been through two hurricanes".

"When you're drinking from a creek, it's not a good-news story".

While it is not unusual for celebrities to criticize Mr. Trump on Twitter, the remarks were particularly searing, and they came as a major dispute was unfolding over whether the federal government was doing enough to help Puerto Rico, an American commonwealth with 3.4 million citizens. "This is a life or death story".

"The only way for this to work is for us to have collaboration", Rossello said.

Later in the day, President Trump did an about-face when he praised other officials in Puerto Rico, adding on Twitter, "Do not believe the fake news".

"The problem that we have with the mayor unfortunately is that unity of command is ultimately what's needed to be successful in this response", Long said.

Trump will visit the island on Tuesday.

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