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The Latest: Trump official praises Puerto Ricans' resilience

"Well maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story", Yulín Cruz said after hearing Duke's upbeat assessment.

Trump is quoting praise from Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, who says the president and the Trump administration have "delivered" for the USA territory. "It's not enough, but we're bringing more in", the general said.

Donald Trump took a tiny break from feuding with the National Football League last night to tweet about the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but the mayor of San Juan says the president only muddled matters by equating the lack of food, water, and shelter for millions with the island's debt crisis.

Thursday, Duke stirred controversy when referring to the government's response in Puerto Rico as a "good news story".

Thousands of people are still stranded at the sweltering San Juan airport in Puerto Rico with little access to food, water or cash - much less a flight off the island.

Army Corps of Engineers commander Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite told Duke and reporters that he expects that a small group of remote homes could take a year to have power restored.

"He continued:".The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes.

In San Juan, the news that a laundromat had reopened cheered some, as did the news that some buses and the rideshare service Uber would be back online in San Juan.

Speaking to the press, and taking no questions, Duke said neither she nor Trump will rest until displaced Puerto Ricans are back home, schools, hospitals and clean water are back and the island's economy is moving again.

Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke had said she was "very satisfied" with progress, calling it "a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people". "Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!"

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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state is deploying additional personnel from the Port Authority and State Police to help the Caribbean commonwealth following Hurricane Maria.

Bush famously told his emergency management director, Michael Brown, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during what proved to be a tragically inept federal response to deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"Very hard, very hard", said Scarlett Ramirez.

Puerto Rico National Guardsmen patrol a highway in Carolina, Puerto Rico on September 22, after Hurricane Maria caused extensive flooding.

"This is a mission about saving the people of Puerto Rico", Bossert said.

"You see us getting to critical infrastructure, such as FAA towers", said Lt. Col. Marcus Mainz.

At least 10,000 containers of supplies - including food, water and medicine - were sitting Thursday at the San Juan port, said Jose Ayala, the Crowley shipping company's vice president in Puerto Rico.

Shipping containers stocked with emergency supplies are piling up in San Juan, the capital city, and USA and local officials are attempting to rally lorry drivers to help deliver the supplies to remote corners of the island.

Trump is expected to visit the island on Tuesday but the White House confirmed this morning that his wife Melania will not make the trip as she did after previous disasters.

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