Three-star general named to coordinate military's Puerto Rico relief efforts

Three-star general named to coordinate military's Puerto Rico relief efforts

On Friday, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz made several pleas for the US government to help Puerto Rico, where people without food, water, and power are "dying", saying they could "see something close to genocide". "I won't feel confident until I hear my Mom saying yes, they're helping us, yes, we are receiving things, yes, there's water - we can buy water, yes - there's gas", says waitress Jessica. President Donald Trump on Thursday cleared the way for more supplies to head to Puerto Rico by waiving restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo to the island.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort ... will be funded", he said.

Cruz on Friday also bristled at suggestions that the relief effort had been well-coordinated.

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Apparently stung by the criticisms, administration officials have emphasized the complexity of delivering aid to the island. A barge with 100 defense trucks carrying diesel and gasoline was expected to arrive in San Juan by Monday.

The president said 10,000 emergency responders and other personnel have been sent to the island. But Solivan and other community organizers, say they've been in contact with people on the island, and argue aid isn't getting to rural areas fast enough.

Around the same time that Trump was on Twitter, Cruz tweeted thanks to the politicians who had seen what San Juan needed first hand.

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Trump later returned to his favourite subject - berating the "fake news" media and how it was covering Puerto Rico.

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Late on Thursday, Ms Duke said: "This is a good news story, what's happening in Puerto Rico, in terms of ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have occurred in such a devastating storm".

Trump's Homeland Security chief told reporters Friday that the government's response to Maria was a 'good news story'.

President Donald Trump plans to make his first visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday after critics - both Democrats and Republicans - accused his administration of a lackluster response to the catastrophic damage left by Maria.

Gov. Larry Hogan is sending a 26-member unit of the Maryland National Guard to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

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"I'm sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me", Cruz continued. 'This is a people-are- dying story. This is, "there's a truckload of stuff that can not be taken to people" story.

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