Recovery progresses slowly in Puerto Rico

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"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

"We are dying" Cruz told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Friday night.

"I don't know what world Trump is living in". The White House should take a page from the nation's mayors who have time and again banded together in times of crisis to send first responders and support our fellow Americans.

United States President Donald Trump continued his Twitter rampage against the "fake media", on Saturday. "My understanding is that as of yesterday, she had not even been to the FEMA operation center in her own city", Mulvaney said on CNN.

Trump tweeted several days after the hurricane hit Puerto Rico on September 20 that the territory is in "deep trouble", unlike the storm-battered states of Florida and Texas, which he said "are doing great". She's a member of the Popular Democratic Party, which supports Puerto Rico remaining a US commonwealth as opposed to becoming a state, and has pushed for gender equality, LGBT rights and help for people with disabilities.

A man carrying a water container walks next to damaged houses after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Canovanas Puerto Rico on Sept. 26 2017
Recovery progresses slowly in Puerto Rico

On Saturday, he lashed out at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and said she had been complimentary to him on his efforts until Democrats approached her and then she began making politically-motivated attacks against him.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has called the destruction to the island unprecedented, though the Republican has praised the US government's relief efforts.

Cruz on Friday pushed back on Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke's characterization of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as a "good news story".

"My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every way ..."

Later on Saturday evening, Trump tweeted out a video featuring footage of USA troops assisting Puerto Ricans, overlaid with an audio clip of Rossello praising the Trump administration's response to the natural disaster. "Puerto Rico was totally destroyed".

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"You say in Australia: no worries", she told me.

Trump previously made headlines when he described the logistical difficulties of helping Puerto Rico by saying it was "an island, surrounded by water, big water, ocean water".

His administration has tried in recent days to combat the perception that he failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria's destruction and has given the USA commonwealth territory less attention than what he bestowed on states hit by Harvey and Irma. But many remain desperate for water and other necessities.

Appearing on television on Sunday, Cruz explained that "there's only one goal, and it's saving lives", adding that all she did "was ask for help".

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