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Puerto Ricans fire back at Trump for critical tweets

Puerto Ricans fire back at Trump for critical tweets

When NBC News executive Janelle Rodriguez sends someone new to Puerto Rico, she makes sure they bring extra suitcases packed with water and non-perishable food. "Clearly the situation here in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane is not satisfactory, but together we are getting there".

The father of six typically works from home or travels around the world for his job, but neither approach is possible now because the power is still out for almost all 3.4 million people in Puerto Rico and flights off the island are down to only a few each day.

The President plans to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

The aftermath of the powerful storm has resulted in a near-total shutdown of the USA territory's economy that could last for weeks and has many people running seriously low on cash and worrying that it will become even harder to survive on this storm-ravaged island. On that front, she ran into winds as fierce as Maria.

"I am proud of the work that Department of Defense, FEMA, and the territory, along with the first responders, are doing", she said. Trump said this even as he departed the White House on Friday afternoon ahead of a weekend at his New Jersey golf club. "Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help".

According to the administration, more than 90 percent of the island now is now accessible; some 200 gas stations are open.

Tom Bossert, Trump's homeland security adviser, who joined Duke in addressing reporters, said some of the media reports about the island's condition had been based on outdated images and data. "It's been wiped out".

A few hours after posting her message to Trump, Rihanna called for a "round of applause" for efforts to aid Puerto Rico from former presidents George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. "This is a people-are-dying story". The island was still recovering from the storm's aftermath when Hurricane Maria hit, crippling the entire island's electrical infrastructure.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort - it will end up being one of the biggest ever - will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", said Trump. "What you see here with me is not the reality of the people of Puerto Rico".

Several Puerto Ricans also said the island didn't receive the same kind of response as Houston and Florida, which were struck by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Buchanan, a three-star general, played the same role in New Orleans in 2005 following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: 'The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered, '" the president tweeted.

"I saw it as a personal difference with the mayor of San Juan", he said. "When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story", Cruz said in an interview on CNN this morning.

"Maybe from where she's standing, it's a good news story".

FR was likely a typo meant to be "PR" meaning Puerto Rico. Another 2 million meal kits and 1.5 million liters of water are expected to arrive in Puerto Rico, Rabin said. People who need it are being airlifted off the island, but he added that of the 69 hospitals on the island, 44 remain operational.

The media is awash with headlines declaring the USA response to Puerto Rico a "Katrina Moment" for President Donald Trump, but the narrative completely ignores the facts on the ground.