Trump lauds government's 'amazing' response in Puerto Rico, criticizes media

Trump says 'big decisions' to be made on rebuilding costs for Puerto Rico

The mayor lashed back by saying, "Maybe from where she's standing, it's a good news story".

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.

Duke was named to temporarily replace John Kelly after Trump named him White House chief of staff. Trump has not nominated a permanent replacement.

"Sometimes you have to shake the tree in order to make things happen", she told the New York Times. The hurricanes have devastated the US territory of 3.4 million people. "We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this bad disaster", he said.

She ran for San Juan mayor in 2012 against incumbent Jorge Santini and won. "They" are trying to convince people that our soldiers aren't doing a good job. He also, remarkably, directly attacked her and other Puerto Rican officials' leadership. We will never be satisfied.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in some remote towns eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory of 3.4 million people.

"This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water", Cruz said on CNN. "We need to restore the electricity power, we need to restore our roads, we need to restore communications, we need to start moving the diesel around the island". Unless you're here you don't really know what's going on.

Villafranca, who was aboard the stowage deck of the USS Kearsarge, reports that there are 20 helicopters around Puerto Rico.

And then he said it again in a speech four hours later to the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington. Puerto Rico's governor and other United States officials had argued that a waiver would expedite the shipping of supplies to the island.

Those moves will likely be clouded by Duke's comments, which she will, nearly certainly, have to apologize for.

Traveling with Duke were TSA Administrator David Pekoske, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Semonite, Coast Guard VADM Karl Schultz, DHS infrastructure official Christopher Krebs, and Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon.

On Thursday, Duke described the relief effort as "under control" and called the federal response to the disaster a "good news story".

"It's a love letter to Puerto Rico", he said.

"We have fuel trucks sitting out there in what we call a "quick reaction force" with Marines who are ready to go, map out which hospitals they have to go to and we will get there before the lights go out and people die", Lt. Col. Mainz said.

After Maria made landfall more than a week ago, the island has been facing a humanitarian crisis as many of its 3.4 million people remain without power and water. "What we'll do - and the president has already done it - is give a 180-day cost-share adjustment, and the federal government is making sure lives are protected".