New Jersey to send 1100 to help Puerto Rico with Maria

Puerto Ricans Still Waiting for Aid a Week After Maria's Devastation

Cruz, who has been living in a shelter after her home was destroyed in the hurricane, is at the forefront of efforts to help Puerto Rico recover from the destruction created by the storm more than a week ago.

It all began with Trump's slashing attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has become the face of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico - thanks in no small part to her interview Friday on CNN's "New Day" in which she angrily denounced attempts by the Trump White House to present the situation in Puerto Rico as a "good news story".

Trump is quoting praise from Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, who says the president and the Trump administration have "delivered" for the USA territory.

Tensions over Washington's handling of the recovery effort boiled over Friday as a tearful Cruz said at a press conference, "We are dying here" and called on President Trump to put someone in charge of the relief effort who "is up to the task of saving lives".

President Donald Trump on Sunday scoffed at "politically motivated ingrates" who had questioned his administration's commitment to rebuilding Puerto Rico after a pulverizing hurricane and said the federal government had done "a great job with the nearly impossible situation". Trump added, prompting Kim Kardashian to reply.

"The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an wonderful job".

Sen. Bernie Sanders said President Donald Trump's attack on the mayor of San Juan is "unspeakable".

Maria, the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, wiped out the power and communications systems, making it hard to get food, water and fuel around the island.

Despite what the President tweeted, they say they witnessed neighbors helping neighbors before they left.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has pleaded for help as her country tries to survive without water or power. When federal officials reported late in the week that they had reached 35 municipalities, Santiago noted that Puerto Rico had 78 in total.

"But again, this is about saving lives", she said. Of course President Trump Tweeted this from the golf course, where he's enjoying some R&R this weekend. Criticism of federal relief efforts continues to intensify as numerous supplies that have been delivered to the island remain out of the hands of the communities that need them.

Singer Rihanna also urged Mr Trump to offer more help to the people of Puerto Rico, which has been coping with shortages of food, drinking water and electricity since Maria hit earlier in September.

Trump tweeted after Cruz criticized the White House's response to Maria's disastrous impact on the USA commonwealth.

"What Donald Trump did with those statements today is that it confirmed everything that people were thinking about him", Diaz said. As of Saturday, 95 percent of the island was still without power and much of the telecommunications infrastructure remained offline.

Cruz told MSNBC that she would be "very glad" to meet with Trump.

Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday along with First Lady Melania Trump.

Puerto Ricans are USA citizens but due to the territory's status do not vote in presidential elections and have no real voice in Congress.

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