Puerto Rico: The GOP's Katrina?

Angelo Cucuzza of TWU Local 501 which represents American Airlines workers in the city and Puerto Rico hopes to fly supplies to the island

President Donald Trump says his administration has "done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico" after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

In a series of tweets Saturday, Trump accused the mayor of "poor leadership" and want the government to do everything for them.

He further added that "they want everything to be done for them".

After asking for help and resources, the President told the mayor over Twitter that she was a weak leader who wanted everything done for her.

But on Saturday, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) officials reported that a third of the island's telecommunications network had been restored, and some 765 gas stations - well over half - had fuel, though it was not clear how much.

"Aside from complaining that, following the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Rico "[wants] everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", Donald Trump criticized San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

"We'd love to have her on the team as well", he said.

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Schumer also criticized Trump for waiting almost two weeks to visit Puerto Rico, noting the president had traveled to Texas twice in that time when Harvey struck.

In a separate tweet, he added, "She (Cruz) has been working 24/7".

Once Twitter users heard Long's comments they began to cast some doubt, reminiscing over various other preeeeetty intense logistical challenges that the US has managed to overcome.

Cruz lived on the USA mainland for more than a decade, attending school at Boston University and Carnegie Mellon University, before getting involved in politics in Puerto Rico. "I didn't see it as assigned to the people of Puerto Rico, I saw it as a personal difference with the mayor of San Juan". "This is the time to show our "true colours".

"I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane", Duke said. "We can not be distracted by anything else", Cruz wrote alongside photographs of relief work on the island. One of such tweets said, "To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews!"

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says Cruz's comments were "unfair" and that "when the president gets attacked, he attacks back".

Meanwhile, it didn't take my colleague AJ Vicens long to find a town in Puerto Rico entirely cut off from the help Bossert asserts is making such a difference on the island. "The nation's mayors are closely monitoring the situation, sending our prayers and are ready to do whatever we can to get Puerto Rico the help they need to rebuild", said USCM Second Vice President Bryan Barnett (Rochester Hills, MI).

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