Trump says homeland chief 'working very hard'

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"It's very hard. I don't know the conditions out there because they keep showing San Juan, but these are the small towns".

"Dammit, this is not a good news story". The hurricanes have devastated the USA territory of 3.4 million people. "What you see here with me is not the reality of the people of Puerto Rico". "They" are trying to convince people that our soldiers aren't doing a good job.

She said that the greatest country (the USA) in the world can not solve the logistics issues for the small island. We will never be satisfied.

Government response to the disaster has become a focal point in recent days, with U.S. President Donald Trump facing harsh criticism from many Puerto Ricans and leaders, including San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, for failing to deploy U.S. military resources more quickly.

At the end of the interview, Cruz reiterated that she is appreciative of the us government's efforts, but the situation remains desperate.

"We're literally starting from scratch". The Wisconsin Republican said he expects the Trump administration to send Congress a request for a long-term recovery package once damage assessments are conducted. Trump's handling of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his deliberate decision to pick a fight with (mostly black) NFL players over the national anthem illustrate that same perpetual need to divide.

Pressed on the tweet, the governor said the president's words were not aimed at Puerto Rican citizens.

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. And the lieutenant general in charge of coordinating relief efforts said that a 10,000 person response was "not enough".

Outside the capital, San Juan, people said that was far from the truth.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke faced harsh backlash after saying the Trump administration's recovery effort in Puerto Rico is a "good news story". He has talked repeatedly about how Puerto Rico is an island "in the middle of the ocean" - as if to temper expectations.

She called Cruz's remarks a passionate outcry "from a woman who loves her community and the people in it, has watched it be destroyed and is now watching people die".

More than half of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million people lack access to drinking water 11 days after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory, and 95 percent remain without power, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

"Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort - it will end up being one of the biggest ever - will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", he said, appearing to deviate from his prepared text.

Yet even in voicing solidarity and sympathy, he drew attention again to Puerto Rico's pre-hurricane debt burden and infrastructure woes, leaving doubt how far Washington will go to make the US territory whole.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Friday that 90 bank branches are now open throughout the island, though CNN reports they are operating under severe restrictions.

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