Puerto Rico: 'We are dying,' says San Juan's mayor

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham

Cruz responded to Trump's comments this morning telling Joy Reid on MSNBC: 'Actually, I was asking for help.

The President added, "I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania".

As a result, the costliness of adhering to the Jones Act inflates prices paid by Puerto Ricans and impacts the cost of living on the island as a whole.

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In a series of tweets, the president purported that unidentified Democrats had told the Puerto Rican official "you must be nasty to Trump". She explained how the amount of supplies sent by the government has been dwarfed by that of private companies.

The president offered a similar assessment speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday.

For Trump, the mayor's plea for help to deal with a hurricane that undid "decades of economic progress ... in 12 hours" was all about politics.

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Solivan, who only got in touch with her daughter and two granddaughters for the first time late this week, described relief operations as time sensitive.

The Trump administration had said a waiver was not needed for Puerto Rico because there were enough USflagged ships available to ferry goods to the island. But he warned that the U.S. Congress would need to help rebuild the island.

"The island of Puerto Rico has no electricity- therefore, the ATMs are not working, credit card machines are not taking any (cards)", Solivan said.

"The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an incredible job". "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes". It had followed another devastating storm, hurricane Irma. Not fair to FR or effort!' Cruz on Friday had criticized the Trump administration's response to the hurricane, saying, "I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying".

The mayor retorted: "This is, damn it, this is not a good news story".

The tweets come after White House denial of a Washington Post report that claimed the administration "went dark" for four days last weekend after the president left for his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

'When you have to pull people down from buildings - I'm sorry, that really upsets me and frustrates me.

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