His tweets re: Puerto Rico are cruel & inhuman.
Trump, who is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico and possibly the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday, has come under increasing criticism for his administration's response to Maria.
A line outside Banco Popular in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, .
President Donald Trump is under fire Saturday morning for lashing out on Twitter at the mayor of San Juan, who on Friday raised major concerns about the Trump administration's slow action and misleading commentary regarding Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
".want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".
To the people of Puerto Rico: "Do not believe the #FakeNews!".
"I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles", she said.
The Trump administration has given Puerto Rico's government "whatever we ask for" in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, Rossello said.
At the news conference on Friday, Cruz said, "I am done being polite".
Cruz responded, "This is a people-are-dying story".
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far. After returning to Puerto Rico in 1992, she began her career in politics, starting out as an advisor for the San Juan mayor and for the president of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives.
Trump said he was not aware of Duke's remark. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job". "When you're drinking from a creek it's not a good news story".
The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city is accusing the Trump administration of inefficiency as the federal government continues to render aid to an island devastated by Hurricane Maria. "It's a good start", she said but a lot more still needs to be done.
While much of the U.S. territory remained without power, fresh water or communications links long after the catastrophic passage of Hurricane Maria, reports continued to filter in on Saturday of battered towns across the island that have yet to see any federal or local presence.
Further complicating recovery is a financial crisis marked by Puerto Rico's record bankruptcy filing in May and the weight of $72 billion in outstanding debt. "I am proud of what is being done", Duke said.
The White House said Trump will make calls to several Puerto Rico officials, including Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, on Saturday afternoon.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017.#FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we're getting great marks from the people that truly matter! But he warned that the U.S. Congress would need to help rebuild the island.
"We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe", he added.
"Just like God helps us, we help each other", said resident Noemi Santiago, weeping.
San Lorenzo residents are collecting spring water to drink and taking turns cooking food for each other because residents are running low on basic supplies.
"General Buchanan, a three-star general, has said that he doesn't have enough troops and he doesn't have enough equipment", the mayor commented, adding, "So who am I?"