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The mayor of the capital of Puerto Rico hit back on Friday at the comments of a top US official who said federal efforts to help the territory recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria is "a good news story".

The Trump administration earlier lifted restrictions known as the Jones Act for 10 days on foreign shipping from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico.

Saturday morning, Trump tweeted from his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ, "Such poor leadership ability from the mayor of San Juan and others who are not able to get their workers to help". They. want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. "I am proud of the work DOD and FEMA and the territory, along with first responders, are doing", she said, referring to the Pentagon and the United States disaster relief agency.

"I wish we were in a better position, but we are limited by the gravity of the situation", Rosello said.

Cruz, a member of the island's Popular Democratic Party, on Friday slammed Homeland Security Elaine Duke's comments that the administration's response to Puerto Rico, which was hit hard by Hurricane Irma and then devastated in a head-on hit by Hurricane Maria, as being a "good news story".

Defending the relief effort, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said 10,000 federal relief workers had arrived in Puerto Rico, including troops, and that 44 of the island's 69 hospitals were now operational.

Cruz called on Trump to make sure the effort is being led by someone "up to the task of saving lives".

"Really our biggest challenge has been the logistical assets to try to get some of the food and some of the water to different areas of Puerto Rico", Governor Rossello told MSNBC on Thursday.

Trump has repeatedly boasted about the positive reviews he said his administration is getting from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for its relief effort, even as people in remote towns struggle to find food, water and other basics.

"We're one of the few restaurants that have a generator", said Daniela Santini, 19, who works there.

"The apocalypse hit Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico's people are crying for help", said Sanchez.

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Duke visited Puerto Rico on Friday and backtracked from her good-news-story remarks.

Puerto Rico was also included in that waiver, the Associated Press reported, but it expired before Maria made landfall.

Cruz responded, "This is a people-are-dying story".

"Let me clarify", she said Friday upon her arrival in San Juan.

"We have done an incredible job, considering there's absolutely nothing to work with", Trump said Thursday. "When you are drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story".

He also recommended moving in a military transportation division to Puerto Rico and having the U.S. Air Force set up a temporary air strip on the island.

Despite the widespread damage to Puerto Rico's infrastructure inflicted by Hurricane Maria, the federal government is making no promises to fix it.

The president said he hopes to make a bipartisan deal with Democrats to fund relief efforts to the island. "It's not enough, but we're bringing more in", the general said.

Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's antiquated and bankrupt electrical system, leaving millions in the dark and utility crews scrambling to help. "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".

Baker said Friday that MA is home to one of the largest communities of Puerto Rican Americans in the country.


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