His tweets came on the same day that some senior administration officials offered a vigorous defense of the federal response in Puerto Rico at a pair of White House briefings, even as they acknowledged the long road ahead. The company has employees on the ground to install them and is working with local organizations to identify locations. We're not saying Rihanna had any influence over Trump's decision, but we're not not saying it.
"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 said, as the mayor has repeatedly gone on television and questioned USA disaster relief efforts on the island, saying the aid was not reaching people in need fast enough. Residents at the time were still recovering from the powerful Hurricane Irma two weeks earlier that had unleashed heavy rain and high winds.
He said the Trump administration had focused more on making a good impression on members of the media gathered at San Juan's convention center than bringing aid to rural Puerto Rico.
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.
She upbraided acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who described the federal response as "a good news story". "If anyone can hear us; Mr. Trump can hear us, let's just get it over with and get the ball rolling". "We have expanded greatly; probably 90 percent of the island is accessible now".
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz had accused the Trump administration of "killing us with the inefficiency" and asked to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives", according to The Wall Street Journal.
"Well, maybe from where she is standing it's a good news story".
"It is not a good-news story when people are dying, when they don't have dialysis, when their generators aren't working and their oxygen isn't providing for them".
The president said Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of the island's capital, had been complimentary to him only a few days ago, but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump". I'm sorry but that upsets me.
"We are dying here, and 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 long", Cruz said.
The mayor of San Juan is answering a Twitter attack by President Donald Trump by calling for a united focus on helping people in Puerto Rico after the USA territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Unless you're here you don't really know what's going on.
"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".
"I have not received any help, and we ran out of food yesterday", said Mari Olivo while she and her family waited in line at a city water truck to fill their buckets.
Pressed on the tweet, the governor said the president's words were not aimed at Puerto Rican citizens. He adds that the rebuilding effort is "starting from scratch".
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