Trump blasts San Juan mayor for 'poor leadership' in hurricane relief crisis

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"The United States of America is the most powerful, wealthiest country in the world".

"The mayor's living on a cot, and I hope the President has a good day at golf", said Honoré, who led the military response in 2005 to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", the president charged, without substantiation. ". 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. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job", Trump said on Saturday.

Tesla, Inc., is sending Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels to help restore electric power to the island, according to a story from Bloomberg.

Cruz actually explained her abrupt turn during the brief speech that Trump is complaining about, saying that - despite her best efforts to be diplomatic - help still isn't coming in fast enough and the result which means people will die. "They want everything to be done for them", he tweeted.

Earlier he tweeted: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes".

She explained in a television interview Sunday that "there's only one goal, and it's saving lives", adding that all she did "was ask for help". But, he didn't stop there.

President Donald Trump Friday vowed support for the ongoing relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in somber remarks Friday.

"Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump, '" he tweeted. Not fair to FR or effort!

There has been anecdotal evidence that Trump doesn't quite get it. Or, really, explained what he meant by them. But many remain desperate for water and other necessities.

Vasquez urges anyone who can to donate to Puerto Rico to do so.

Later on Saturday, the president thanked Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colon for responding to the hurricane.

FEMA said in a news release Saturday that urban search-and-rescue teams, working alongside local law enforcement, have scoured the island and rescued 843 people. But the disaster could have significant political implications - and they could hurt Trump.

Trump spoke at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington.

Trump's disgraceful comments and excuses quickly caught the eye of other high-profile personalities who were appalled at the president's apathy and penchant for score-settling even in the face of a natural disaster.

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble". Many of them missed that mark - often badly - but it was always their North Star.

She ran for San Juan mayor in 2012 against incumbent Jorge Santini and won. He has talked repeatedly about how Puerto Rico is an island "in the middle of the ocean" - as if to temper expectations. If it means trying to build the media up as a scapegoat to cover up a slower-than-ideal response to Maria's aftermath?

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