Trump attacks 'poor leadership' after San Juan mayor begs for help

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Noting Delta's efforts to transport supplies and relief workers to Puerto Rico, Mark Ruffalo and A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay called "shame" on Trump.

Tensions over Washington's handling of the recovery effort boiled over Friday as a tearful Cruz said at a press conference, "We are dying here" and called on President Trump to put someone in charge of the relief effort who "is up to the task of saving lives".

In a statement delivered from a relief center, Cruz said, "I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out the logistics for a small island".

Trump ended his tweets by confirming he's going to Puerto Rico and "hopefully" the U.S. Virgin Islands with First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday - but not before again slamming the "Fake News Networks". "I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying", Cruz said Friday.

Despite constantly attacking President Trump and the federal response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, San Juan's mayor was giving praise to FEMA's response less than a week ago.

Trump said the media reporting from Puerto Rico were "doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's".

Almost all of Puerto Rico has been left without power and running water after Maria ravaged the island, leaving at least 16 people dead. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job", Trump said on Saturday.

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It comes after the Mayor of San Juan made a desperate plea for federal help.

Cruz's comments on Friday were in response to a senior USA official calling the disaster response in Puerto Rico "a good news story".

Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello also commented on Mr. Trump's tweets.

The mayor, who is living in a shelter after her home was destroyed, said Puerto Rico is set to be without power for six to eight months after the storm damaged 90% of homes on the island.

His administration has tried in recent days to combat the perception that he failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria's destruction and has given the USA commonwealth territory less attention than what he bestowed on states hit by Harvey and Irma. Furthermore, it's still not clear how many Puerto Ricans, like those needing medical care, remain in danger, or even how many people have died as a result of the storm and its catastrophic aftermath. However 95 percent of people in the USA territory are still without power.

"I personally went to Salinas with seven National Guard trucks full of food and water", he said, conceding that "you can always find somebody that hasn't received resources, and I recognize that".

Yulín Cruz countered in an interview on MSNBC that the only goal right now is to save lives, adding that she "has no time for distractions".

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