The Trump administration was criticized for slow relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Oct 02, 2017, 00:43
The Trump administration was criticized for slow relief efforts in Puerto Rico

"Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help", said Trump, who is slated to visit the island on Tuesday.

Cruz tweeted Saturday morning that the only goal is to save lives and said Puerto Rico "cannot be distracted by anything else".

In his own tweets today, President Trump argued his administration is fully engaged with the crisis in Puerto Rico.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The mayor of Puerto Rico's hurricane-battered capital spoke on Friday of thirsty children drinking from creeks.

Gas, food, water, a cell signal.

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"In these days, where basic resources are scarce, especially light and water, let us enter into personal and community prayer with the Lord", they said, and urged everyone to continue their "gestures of solidarity with those brothers and sisters in need".

Cruz, who has been living in a shelter after her home was destroyed in the hurricane, said municipal employees were working as hard as they could. She said the waiver is needed to help the territory after it suffered hits from both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. There's a very big mountain called El Yunque and people think it's safe there because, before, it had sort of protected them from the hurricanes.

Activists also shared their appreciation for Cruz, with many sharing photos of the leader with victims of the storm.

MONICA VILLAMIZAR, Special Correspondent: For the people of Puerto Rico, lines are now a fact of life.

"I committed to the Governor of Puerto Rico that New Jersey stands ready to assist in their time of need, just as so many first responders helped New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy".

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In a series of tweets, Warren posted photos of a town hall-style event attended by MA residents concerned about family members in Puerto Rico. "This is a "people are dying" story". "It's not enough, and we're bringing more in".

Duke said the shipping waiver came in response to a request from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has family in the Vega Alta region of the island.

On the defensive over the pace of federal help for Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans cleared the way Thursday for more supplies and government cash for the hurricane-ravaged USA island.

A flash flood warning was in effect for Vieques, a separate island that is part of Puerto Rico, Friday night, and watches were in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through Sunday. "Things that will at least make them feel slightly better, or less worried or anxious", he said.

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The hardships on Puerto Rico have largely overshadowed similar struggles faced by the neighbouring US Virgin Islands, slammed by two major hurricanes - Irma and Maria - in the span of a month.

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