Trump official praises Puerto Ricans' resilience

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 1, 2017

More troops, medical supplies and vehicles are on the way to the island, but it will be some time before the USA territory is back on its feet, the senior United States general appointed to lead military relief operations said on Friday. The entire island of 3.4 million people remained without electricity, with little phone service.

"'Give Trump a chance!' they said". "It is a humanity effort".

The department announced the trip Thursday evening after Duke's "good news" comments at the White House earlier that day.

On his way to New Jersey for the weekend, Trump praised his emergency management director, Brock Long, for doing a "fantastic job" and pointed out that Duke is serving in an acting capacity and "she's working very hard".

"Watching the images of the video and comparing it to the images I've seen so far - it's devastated", Daddy Yankee told CNN in a separate interview, adding that he donated $100,000 to Feeding America and another $100,000 to the Red Cross. "I am begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying". I keep saying it: SOS.

"We need all the help we can get from wherever we can get it".

The president is responding by citing what he calls "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".

Bossert says he wouldn't have recommended that the Jones Act be waived, but then Puerto Rico's governor asked for the restriction to be lifted.

"He is looking for excuses for things not going well", she said. "And if that has a political cost, I will take it, as long as it saves lives".

Puerto Ricans have defended Cruz.

"We have one goal, to save lives", said Yulín Cruz. "This is the time to show our 'true colors.' We can not be distracted by anything else", she tweeted, along with photos of herself meeting with residents and rescue workers, wading hip-deep through a flooded street and comforting an elderly woman. But he warned that the U.S. Congress would need to help rebuild the island.

"You focused on aid efforts in TX & FL but ignored Puerto Rico".

"You're going straight to hell", tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda. "I guess he likes to play this Twitter game".

President Donald Trump says Washington is - in his words - "fully engaged in the disaster and the response and recovery effort".

"This is a "people are dying" story", she said in disbelief. "There's no time for that". It has killed at least 16 people, according to the official death toll.

Trump told reporters on Friday, "We have done an incredible job considering there's absolutely nothing to work with". He said 33% of the telecommunications infrastructure is back up and close to 50% of water services have been restored.

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

"I'm pro-Trump, but these comments surprised me very much", said Gabriela Gonzalez of San Juan.

The storm left Puerto Rico with a humanitarian crisis.

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