Restoring Puerto Rico's power is going to be 'overwhelming,' PREPA says

Restoring Puerto Rico's power is going to be 'overwhelming,' PREPA says

Kerry Wise
October 1, 2017

She did not mention the president directly, but the missives were posted about an hour after Trump accused her and others in Puerto Rico of "poor leadership", failing "to get their workers to help" and wanting "everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

"The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an fantastic job".

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years. "They want everything to be done for them".

Rossello said the Trump administration has given his government "whatever we ask for" in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.

She spoke with CNN's Anderson Cooper Friday night, while wearing a shirt saying "help us, we are dying".

Update 11:30am CT, Sept. 30: Cruz responded to Trump's Twitter attacks on MSNBC this morning, telling Joy Reid, "This is what we have, it is one goal: it is to save lives".

Trump's latest missive could further inflame sentiment after he had earlier weighed in on the emerging fight over how to finance the already debt-stricken territory's recovery -comments that were viewed as premature and distasteful by some.

Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday. "Big water, ocean water", he said of Puerto Rico, for viewers not in the know. "We can not be distracted by anything else", Cruz wrote alongside photographs of relief work on the island.

President Donald Trump indicated on Friday that the exact mechanism for financing Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria remains to be determined.

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"Don't let your people die like this".

A new interactive map produced by NOAA allows anyone to check specific neighborhoods in Puerto Rico for damage caused by the storm.

We have activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, support our associates in Puerto Rico.

In both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands "they're trying very hard", Trump complimented, adding, "nobody has ever seen anything like it".

On Thursday, Duke described the relief effort as "under control" and called the federal response to the disaster a "good news story".

Seven lawmakers led by Rep. Nydia Velazquez of NY had urged Trump to waive the restrictions for a year in order to speed delivery of critically needed supplies to devastated Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents.

San Juan's mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been pleading for help, which culminated in an emotional press conference last night.

After hearing Duke's comments, Cruz told CNN it was "irresponsible" to spin the island's devastation so positively.