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Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Trump lays blame on Puerto Ricans for slow response

Trump lays blame on Puerto Ricans for slow response

President Donald Trump says the federal government is "engaged fully" in the effort to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda declared President Trump is going "straight to hell" in a fuming salvo responding to Trump's criticisms of Puerto Rican officials.

Cruz, who has been living in a shelter after her home was destroyed in the hurricane, said municipal employees were working as hard as they could.

BRANCHBURG, N.J. President Donald Trump on Sunday scoffed at "politically motivated ingrates" who had questioned his administration's commitment to revive Puerto Rico after a pulverizing hurricane and said the federal government had done "a great job with the nearly impossible situation". Unless you're here you don't really know what's going on. "Docks & electric grid dead". Military is now on site and I will be there Tuesday. He also took issue with media coverage of the administration's response, writing: "Wish press would treat fairly!" He has talked repeatedly about how Puerto Rico is an island "in the middle of the ocean" - as if to temper expectations.

Trump has come under fire in recent days for his slow response to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and has been criticized for appearing less attentive to the crisis in Puerto Rico than he was to Texas and Florida after those states were ravaged by hurricanes.

FEMA officials said Thursday that a million meals and 2 million liters of fresh water had been distributed in Puerto Rico and 2 million more meals and 2 million more liters of water were on the way. Then-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded with the government to send help in sometimes colorful terms, while Terry Ebbert, the city's Homeland Security director, called relief efforts a "national disgrace". "It is proceeding very well considering the devastation that took place".

Tom Bossert, Trump's homeland security adviser, who joined Duke in addressing reporters, said some of the media reports about the island's condition had been based on outdated images and data.

"I am proud of the work that Department of Defense, FEMA, and the territory, along with the first responders, are doing", she said.

Because many on the island don't have running water, Marines are taking salt water from the harbor and filtering it into drinkable water.

"The closest thing we've had is when the Army Corps led the effort to restore Iraq's electricity in the early stages of the Iraq war in 2003 and 2004", he said.

"I recognize that right now, whether it's the gas line or the ATM line, we're limited", Governor Ricardo Rossello told Reuters in an interview on Saturday at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the government's temporary headquarters.

He later joined the White House press secretary in the briefing room to answer questions about the administration's response. "No fatality's acceptable. If that number increases significantly, that will be a devastating blow". This humanitarian crisis for Puerto Rico may not wind up being a political crisis for Trump, but Trump should be doing everything in his power to prevent that. "The goal is one: saving lives". Loss of life that's preventable is another. "We're trying. We're networking".

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