The tweets, coming from a President ensconced in his New Jersey golf club, sought to defend Washington's efforts to mobilize and coordinate recovery efforts on a United States territory in dire straits nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck.
Puerto Rico, home to more than 3 million USA citizens, has had limited food, bottled water and medical supplies since Hurricane Maria struck nine days ago.
Many said they are losing patience and wondering why, as American citizens, they are not getting the same relief as residents of Florida and Texas after storms Irma and Harvey. "There's been no help from FEMA nor from the federal government nor from anyone", said Elisa Gonzalez, 49. When federal officials reported late in the week that they had reached 35 municipalities, Santiago noted that Puerto Rico had 78 in total.
What Trump is doing - in his attacks on Yulin Cruz and the media - is trying to divide the country as a way to deflect blame for his administration's performance.
At a press conference Saturday, Ricardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, appeared to defend the Trump administration, although Reuters reports he said he had not seen Trump's Saturday tweets.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has hit out at Donald Trump after the US President made insensitive comments about Puerto Rico.
Cruz may have set off President Trump by accusing his administration of quote "killing us with the inefficiency" ten days after Maria devastated the island.
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Trump, who plans to visit the island on Tuesday, fired off a series of angry tweets from his private golf club in New Jersey, taking aim at the mayor of San Juan, the island's capital and largest city.
In early morning tweets, Trump slammed Cruz after pleading for federal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Maria."Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help", he wrote.
Because first responders usually live in the community affected by a disaster, Townsend said part of the issue is that they face challenges of their own. "We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe". "If anyone can hear us; Mr. Trump can hear us, let's just get it over with and get the ball rolling". Breban has started a Facebook group called "Atlanta Levanta a Puerto Rico", which aims to help organizations in their efforts to collect, organize and distribute donations for the island.
Cruz on Saturday defended the remarks which Trump had described as mean.
After Trump's tweets, Cruz said on MSNBC she wasn't "saying anything nasty" about him. She said relief efforts by FEMA continue to fall short of the needs for San Juan's population of some 350,000. This isn't about anyone.
Tarbox, a retiree from CT who has lived in San Juan for 20 years, said he was anxious most about running out of diesel fuel for his generator.
Trump's comments drew swift condemnation on the mainland. After more than a week of desperation, many were still unable to access essentials including food and water.
Rossello said the highest priority now is to restore the isalnd's communications and power grid. We need the gasoline, we need the water, We are doing everything we can.