While President Trump touted the government's effort Friday, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz blasted the lack of progress. "I wouldn't be surprised if he said, I need more troops in order to manage this distribution until Puerto Rico itself can get back on its feet", she said. "They are working exhaustively to lift themselves up". "It is a humanity effort". He described the mayor as one of the leaders in the USA territory who "want everything to be done for them".
"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said.
In a memo, White House aide Tom Bossert said he hopes to "turn the corner on our public communications" on the recovery efforts following Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico as a Category Four hurricane on September 20.
Breban adds the movement is grassroots with everyone in the community finding roles and doing whatever is needed.
The mayor of San German, a town of about 35,000 in the southwestern corner of the island, echoed Cruz's harsh words. No long lines for you.
Trump launched his attack on San Juan's mayor during a weekend stay at his golf resort in New Jersey, where he was attending the President's Cup tournament on Sunday. During an interview Friday on CNN, she cast the situation as "a story of devastation that continues to worsen". We truly are dying here. "I wasn't saying anything nasty about the president".
On Thursday, Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump would visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
On Saturday, she responded to Trump's tweeted comments, saying, "It's not about politics, it's not about petty comments, it's about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives".
And late in afternoon, he fired again at Cruz: "Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor".
"It's a love letter to Puerto Rico", he said.
"He is looking for excuses for things not going well", she said. "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 long", Cruz said Friday.
Oh, I believe the Puerto Ricans are pulling their weight.
At least one person from Missouri Task Force 1 was in Puerto Rico before the hurricane hit, and shared video as the eye of the storm passed their hotel. "10,000 federal workers now on island doing a good job".
"Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an awesome job is being done in Puerto Rico", he tweeted in a string of posts that praised local leaders who have been kinder in their comments about his performance. You're going straight to hell. "I guess he likes to play this Twitter game".
Trump watched from inside the commissioners hospitality suite perched above the courses 14th hole, and waved several times at news cameras positioned briefly on the grass below. "There's no time for that".
But FEMA Administrator Brock Long defended their efforts, telling ABC News that in 42 days, his team has registered almost three million people for relief since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August.
Gonzalez added that Trump "didn't say those comments for the people of Florida or Texas and we are as American as those people". "But now he's blaming the victim".
Puerto Rico filed the biggest bankruptcy in USA municipal history this year and had been struggling to regain economic stability in the face of a $72 billion debt load and near-insolvent public health and pension systems, even before the hurricanes hit.