Trump lays blame on Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

Trump White House feels heat on Puerto Rico

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They're waiting anxiously and will be very grateful to you and to the American people if you continue to step up to the moral imperative that you've taken on all over the world to help those in need. And the not-so-subtle suggestion of laziness in Trump's tweets is just more of the same racially coded language that the President has trafficked in since the day he announced his campaign.

Duke tried, too, to move on from the remarks she made a day earlier in which she called the federal relief effort a "good-news story".

"I think they care, I think they want to respond", Rubio said.

Across all of the mainland USA, various food and donation drives have been held throughout the past couple of weeks, hoping to get aid to those who need it.

NY has also played a leading role in recovery efforts, deploying the national guard, state police and shipments of supplies as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort - including a deployment of 72 Port Authority personnel Friday morning.

Asked by CNN's Jeff Zeleny why it had taken eight days to name Buchanan, Bossert answered: "It didn't require a three-star general eight days ago".

Across town in a warehouse district, pallets filled with water bottles, paper goods and nonperishable foods draw volunteers sorting and packing the items.

"They're not watching the news because they no longer have televisions, power, or homes, you f-- dolt", Favreau tweeted. "When you are drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story".

Tax collection is likely to be put on hiatus, he wrote, adding that "there is no way Puerto Rico can pay its debts right now".

Nancy Rivera, 59, a San Juan resident who suffers from diabetes, was forced to go without her medication by a lack of electricity.

Cruz said she and her family are staying at the Coliseum, along with more than 600 people seeking shelter there, sleeping in cots and eating the same food as everyone else after her house flooded.

"(The rain will be) a problem - a lot of the rivers and streams in Puerto Rico have yet to recede to normal levels", CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said Saturday.

On Thursday, Duke described the relief effort as "under control" and called the federal response to the disaster a "good news story". "Where is there good news here?"

FEMA chief Brock Long said the agency has worked to fix roads, establish emergency power and deliver fuel to hospitals.

The government's response left retired Gen. Russel Honoré, who turned around the botched response to Katrina in 2005, fuming.

"I would like to see the fire and fury of this administration when it comes to a rescue effort", said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

Critics say the White House has been slow to respond and is portraying the situation in Puerto Rico as better than it really is. "This has unique components to it that makes it different from Irma that hit Florida.or Harvey that hit Texas". Amgen is using generators to power its Puerto Rico site, the company said.RATINGS AT RISK?Hurricane Maria alone could ultimately cause $15 billion to $30 billion in insured losses, including business interruption, according to risk modeling firm RMS. The territory also lacks the network of NGOs and private sector groups that helped out when storms hit the United States mainland.

"It can be a little more tricky than if you were making stainless steel nuts and bolts", Ellis said.Most pharmaceutical companies contacted by Reuters this week said their facilities had minimal damage and that they had stockpiled enough medicines to avoid supply disruptions.

The situation, though, is happening around the island, said Cruz, and it's hard to get around the logistics problem.

Fema, which is leading the relief effort, has sent 150 containers filled with relief supplies to the port of San Juan since the hurricane struck on September 20, said Omar Negron, director of Puerto Rico's Ports Authority. With another two months of the Atlantic hurricane season to go, 2017 could end up as the most expensive year ever for insurers and reinsurers, if the final tally exceeds the $143 billion in losses from 2011, the year a massive quake and tsunami hit Japan.Those levels of losses could trigger a "capital event", Fitch Ratings warned this week, meaning catastrophe losses might exceed earnings and produce a net loss for the year, forcing reinsurers to dip into their capital reserves. "Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding", the President said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump on Thursday cleared the way for more supplies to head to Puerto Rico by waiving restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo to the island.

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