President Donald Trump is baffled by the, in his words, "little appreciation" that he has received for his relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
"Really nothing short of a miracle", he said of the recovery, an assessment at odds with the despair of many still struggling to find water and food outside the capital city in wide swaths of an island where only 5% of electricity customers have power back.
Cruz denounced the federal government for its sluggish relief efforts and begged for additional aid.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long isn't identifying those individual officials he blames. "Have requested support from @FEMA_Brock NOTHING!"
Sadly, it's not surprising that President Donald Trump made Tuesday's trip to the devastated U.S. territory of Puerto Rico all about himself.
Mayor Cruz repeatedly tweeted "WE NEED WATER!" throughout the early hours of the Sunday. Indeed, he appears to not believe the mayor's concern was worth his or the agency's time, telling Raddatz, "We filtered out the mayor a long time ago".
In an interview with Mike Huckabee that aired on the Christian TV network Trinity Broadcasting, Trump justified his paper towel throwing stunt because the towels were "beautiful" and "soft". Afterwards, while Cruz said she hoped new channels of communication with the White House would "put in motion what is needed" to save lives, she also said Trump sometimes was more a "miscommunicator in chief" than a commander in chief.
"They had these lovely, soft towels". Very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. "And also when I walked in, the cheering was incredible", he said.
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Trump greeted the mayor but did not invite her to speak, he instead recognized Puerto Rico's governor as he "did not play politics". Taking this desperate plea for help as unfair personal criticism, Trump wrote on Twitter the next day that Cruz "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump". "And that's my experience over here in Guaynabo in the helping of thousands and thousands of people".
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says political differences are hurting the USA government's response to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.