After going days without mentioning Puerto Rico following Maria, however, administration officials have attempted to play catchup, holding numerous press conferences to describe their relief efforts; Trump now manages to get in a mention of Puerto Rico at almost every public event.
Trump was scheduled to speak by telephone to the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, and other officials from the region on Saturday.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.
"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", the President tweeted from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend. She spent 12 years living in the continental U.S. and during that time earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Boston University and an advanced degree in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Trump went on to blame the media, tweeting, "The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's". Puerto Rico was totally destroyed. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job".
"I would ask her to come down here and visit the towns and then make a statement like that, which frankly, is an irresponsible statement". "This is a "people are dying" story", Mayor Cruz said in an interview on Friday morning.
Duke also tried to move on from the remarks she made Thursday in which she called the federal relief effort a "good-news story". "That's all that matters", she said.
President Donald Trump pledged a relentless effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from hurricane devastation Friday after his homeland security chief stirred a tempest of her own making by declaring the federal response a "good news story".
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Trump said he was not aware of Duke's remark.
Puerto Rico, home to more than 3 million USA citizens, has had limited food, bottled water and medical supplies since Hurricane Maria struck nine days ago. The hurricane has killed at least 16 people, according to the official death toll.
"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said.
Puerto Ricans were angered by Trump's delay in finally waiving a United States law that bars foreign-flagged ships from delivering aid to USA ports.
Praised for the federal response to hurricanes in Texas and Florida, Trump has been on the defensive over his handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico, which he will visit on Tuesday.
"General Buchanan, a three-star general, has said that he doesn't have enough troops and he doesn't have enough equipment", the mayor commented, adding, "So who am I?" "We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe".
On Saturday, she responded to Trump's tweeted comments, saying, "It's not about politics, it's not about petty comments, it's about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives". The boy had a message for Trump. They have put their backs towards the rights of Puerto Rican people, and they can not move forward an agenda which will help the development of the Puerto Rican economy.