"With all the needs there are, we go out every day to the streets and are face to face with the people - you don't see a single government agency", said Elizabeth Perez, a police officer in Ponce, Puerto Rico, who recently visited poor neighborhoods in her district and found people living in dire conditions.
"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", Trump continued. After more than a week of desperation, many were still unable to access essentials including food and water.
Days later, Trump responded with what every high-school student knows: that Puerto Rico is an island in a large ocean, a very large ocean, and we have lots of ships there.
"I want everybody to understand, you're listening to me".
In the rural towns of Salinas and Fajardo, the vast majority of locals reported having no cell service on Friday and Saturday, and said they had not seen local or federal officials in the area.
At the same time, Trump was quoting Roselló for faint praise the governor was giving for the "good job, the very good job" Trump is doing to help the islands.
Some mayors, she added, were afraid to speak out for fear of endangering the flow of U.S. relief.
Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Friday broke down in tears while describing the dire situation in Puerto Rico and sharply criticized President Donald Trump for his administration's response so far to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
"I haven't heard what she said", he told reporters.
"Let me clarify", she said Friday, explaining that she meant "it was good news that people of Puerto Rico and many public servants of the United States are working together".
Preet Bharara, the Manhattan federal prosecutor whom Trump abruptly dismissed earlier this year, faulted the president for his own leadership failures, and mocked his response.
The Broadway star, whose parents moved to NY from Puerto Rico, said he is working on a new song to raise for disaster relief. Duke said the waiver will "help us with replenishment".
Cruz told Stephanopoulos on Sunday she would still meet Trump.
Che concluded: 'In one month you have mishandled Puerto Rico, DACA, the NFL.
Mayita Meléndez, mayor of Ponce, home to about 160,000 people on Puerto Rico's southern coast and about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from San Juan by road, told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper on Saturday that much-needed medicine was not making its way to hospitals in the south. "It's been hard to get that over here and I know that the government is helping, so we are expecting maybe by next week that that will be in the past and that we won't have any problems with that".
Still, they reiterated their pride in the government's response, emphasizing their efforts to work together and with the teams on the ground.
Trump did thank Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello and congreswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon as well as U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp. I nearly don't have words for how repulsive it is that he just suggested people without electricity, without clean water, without sufficient food, medicine, or safe roads to travel on, should be bootstrapping themselves out of a natural disaster. The U.S. sent thousands of relief workers to Haiti, a foreign country, when it was devastated by an quake in 2010 because that's what sane and compassionate people do.
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