Donald Trump Makes Himself the Victim in the Puerto Rico Crisis

Puerto Ricans say US relief efforts failing them

"We have done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico".

President Donald Trump pledged to spare no effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath Friday even as San Juan's mayor, her voice breaking with rage, accused his administration of "killing us with the inefficiency".

Cruz, in emotional appeals on TV on Friday, has become the face of Puerto Rican officials distraught over what some of them charge is insufficient response by the USA government to the crisis. She went on to say, "If we don't get the food and the water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide".

"Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates", he said in a Twitter post. The president also dedicated several tweets to pushing back against what he described as "fake news" about the response to Hurricane Maria, which killed at least 16 people in the USA territory. Please stop tweeting & golfing while people are dying!

Asked if Cruz wasn't participating in the FEMA effort, Long didn't give a direct answer, but said she "spouts off". "Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates. people are now starting to recognize the unbelievable work" done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the military, he tweeted.

On Friday, the acting head of Homeland Security Elaine Duke called the federal response "really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane".


More than half of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million people lack access to drinking water 11 days after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory, and 95 percent remain without power, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

As President Donald Trump continues firing off tweets that praise the highly criticized USA response to a growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, other members of his administration are pushing a positive public relations campaign to contradict harrowing on-the-ground reports, according a memo leaked to Axios Sunday morning.

In June 2016, she spoke out against PROMESA, the U.S. law created under President Obama that mandated an oversight board to run Puerto Rico's finances, as it was unable to repay its debts and filed for a form of bankruptcy. He said 11 regional staging areas have been receiving food and water across the island and that telecommunication has been restored in several key municipalities, including San Juan.

Rossello remains in good standing with Trump, earning plaudits in the president's tweets, while Cruz came under sustained fire from other Washington officials.

He said that the infamous athlete was probably the only National Football League played Trump would like since he just took a 'couple of heads, but never a knee'.

Once in office Cruz launched a million-dollar urban renewal program, renovated public parks and plazas and unionized San Juan employees as promised during her campaign. "We're doing whatever we can", Sandy Polemeni said.

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