Trump says Puerto Rico mayors 'want everything done for them'

Trump says Puerto Rico mayors 'want everything done for them'

Trump says Puerto Rico mayors 'want everything done for them'

Trump has been under fire over the federal government's response to the situation in Puerto Rico in the wake of Maria, the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, the worst to strike Dominica in its recorded history, and the strongest in Puerto Rico since 1928.

"We are dying here, and I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles".

Asked about Trump's suggestion Saturday that Puerto Ricans wanted "everything to be done for them", Long said, "I believe the Puerto Ricans are pulling their weight".

Trump's response to Cruz's appeals for help earned immediate and sustained criticism, particularly from Democrats and celebrities, who blasted the president for attacking the mayor of a hurricane-ravaged city from the confines of his golf course. She's a member of the Popular Democratic Party, which supports Puerto Rico remaining a USA commonwealth as opposed to becoming a state, and has pushed for gender equality, LGBT rights and help for people with disabilities.

Trump was already under fire from some United States lawmakers, who accused him of not giving sufficient importance to the situation and responding too slowly to the crisis in Puerto Rico, where the electrical infrastructure was totally destroyed and the people are having to wait in extremely long lines for food, fuel, water and cash.

Marta Sostre Vazquez wades into the San Lorenzo Morovis River with her family in Morovis, Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

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"We are dying here", Cruz said, as she tried to contain her emotions.

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz criticized Trump's administration and begged for more help, a plea that received widespread television coverage in the mainland US. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job".

"Mr. Trump, I beg you to take charge and save lives", she said.


Still, Cruz, in her CNN appearance, left little doubt that she is looking to the White House for help.

"[Puerto Ricans] want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", he said on Twitter.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is making headlines in his support for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and now his father Luis Miranda Jr. has written an open letter on NY Daily News defending the people of Puerto Rico and their hard work in rebuilding their country.

She continued: "Dammit, this is not a good-news story, this is a people-are-dying story". "Where is there good news here?"

"Let us not talk about the debt", Yulín Cruz said, referring Puerto Rico's crippling debt load.

While the release said power has been restored to 59 hospitals, FEMA official Alejandro de la Campa told reporters only 5% of electricity had been restored in the island as of Saturday.

CBS News' David Begnaud has been in Puerto Rico for 12 nights, reporting on the storm and the island's resilience.

"We haven't seen a government official or anything, no FEMA, no military, no local government", said Daniel Santiago, 51, of Fajardo, as he waited in line to get into a food store.

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