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04 Octubre 2017, 05:34 | Martinez Canez
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"Everyone is talking about Maria", said Julianna Melendez, 36, while out at a bar in Guaynabo, near the capital San Juan.
After going days without mentioning the hurricane-devastated island after the storm, officials have held numerous press conferences describing their relief efforts and Mr Trump has mentioned Puerto Rico at almost every public event.
Trump said the federal government would work with Puerto Rico to figure out how to fund the rebuilding effort and "what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island". "Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates", he said in a Twitter post.
During this season's trio of monster hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, Maria - Trump and his administration have drifted into the perilous territory of premature self-congratulation in the face of unfolding catastrophe, seemingly unmindful of the "Brownie moment" that scarred George W. Bush's presidency.
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz arrives at San Francisco hospital in Rio Piedras area of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday as about 35 patients are evacuated after the failure of an electrical plant. Then-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded with the government to send help in sometimes colorful terms, while Terry Ebbert, the city's Homeland Security director, called relief efforts a "national disgrace".
The Trump administration has said its relief efforts are succeeding, but people on the island say help is scarce and disorganized.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, urged an end to the political fingerpointing.
"We're one of the few restaurants that have a generator", said Daniela Santini, 19, who works there.
Trumps latest tweets sought to defend Washingtons attentiveness to recovery efforts on a USA territory in dire straits nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck.
Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing.
As most of the island's 3.4 million residents faced a 10th day without power and struggled to find fuel and clean water, Cruz bristled at Duke's comment. William "Brock" Long, the FEMA administrator, pointed Sunday to round-the-clock efforts to fix the electrical grid and get basic supplies like food and water to cut-off areas.
Guaynabo Mayor Angel Perez said the situation is improving, albeit slowly. "When you have to pull people - I'm sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me". But on that front, she ran into winds as fierce as Maria.
"If he asks to meet with me", she said, "of course I will meet with him". That needs to be resolved immediately. "I mean, you know, anything that can be done and anyone that can listen".
Trump was scheduled to speak by telephone to the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, and other officials from the region on Saturday.
Cruz declined to engage in the tit-for-tat, instead calling for a united focus on the people who need help. "Fantastic job!" Trump tweeted, excluding Cruz from his praise.
San Juan resident Judith Berkan said power shortages and long lines for cash, food, gasoline, and medical clinics were wearing people down. They need help. We can't let them die. At first flights were able to get to the island, but now one local woman says they're on hold.
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