Rep. Gutierrez Heads From Chicago to Puerto Rico

Supplies have been scarce on the island despite relief efforts

"Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path".

President Trump on Sunday scoffed at "politically motivated ingrates" who had questioned his administration's commitment to rebuilding Puerto Rico after a pulverizing hurricane.

Despite the myriad of logistical challenges, Trump has repeatedly applauded the first responders for "doing a fantastic job".

In earlier tweets, Trump claimed the news media was in cahoots with Democrats to ridicule his hurricane relief efforts.

Mr Trump told reporters on Wednesday that his administration was looking at a new waiver, but he said: "We have a lot of shippers and a lot of people and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the Jones Act lifted".

On Saturday morning, she responded to the president's tweet by saying nothing can distract from the priority of saving lives.

Celebs like John Legend and Lady Gaga took to Twitter to criticize the President and show their support for Puerto Rico. Trump will visit the island on Tuesday.

On Friday morning, amid growing criticism of the government's slow response to devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz reacted with anger to a Trump administration official who said the situation in her city and the rest of the USA territory amounts to a "good news story". "So help us", Cruz said. "Some people are doing what they need to do, mostly locals, but the government is still slow, and our people are really hurt".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon of Puerto Rico has been wonderful to deal with and a great representative of the people.

Bernie Sanders has condemned Donald Trump over his tweets criticising the mayor of hurricane-struck San Juan, saying: "It's unspeakable". Ms Cruz, the mayor of San Juan said "of course", she would meet with the President if he asked for a meeting. "And I don't know what world Trump is living in".

He said: "I think it's unfair to say we haven't done everything we can because we have done everything that we can and will continue to do so".

Perhaps in response to Cruz's impatient retort, Secretary Duke followed a tour of the island with a news conference Friday and said, "Despite working together, I know that the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are suffering".

In his final tweet on the matter, Trump praised those working on the island to help those afflicted by the storm - with one conspicuous absence: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan with whom he clashed Saturday.

"The people who are the best in this are the USA military". "I will continue to do what I have to do, say what I have to say, compliment the people that I have to compliment, and call out the people that I need to call out".

Representative Jim Himes, Democrat of CT, drew comparisons between Mr. Trump's response to Hurricane Maria and President George W. Bush's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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