Perhaps in response to Cruz's impatient retort, Secretary Duke followed a tour of the island with a news conference Friday and said, "Despite working together, I know that the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are suffering".
As we reported earlier today, The Donald is shamefully criticizing San Juan's mayor after she had the audacity to beg for the United States to save the island... and Miranda, whose father Luis moved to NY from Puerto Rico as a teenager, isn't putting up with Trump's bull shit.
President Trump said the governor is a partner in the recovery effort. Puerto Rico, he said, "was totally destroyed", and "10,000 Federal workers now on the island are doing a fantastic job".
Trump has pledged to spare no effort to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath, and tweeted that military personnel and first responders had done "an awesome job", despite having "no electric, roads, phones etc".
Thousands more Puerto Ricans have been getting water and rationed food as an aid bottleneck began to ease, but many remain desperate for water and other necessities. "I wasn't saying anything nasty about the president", Cruz said. She's not doing that.
The reality of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, however, has rarely lined up with the Trump administration's optimistic takes on the situation.
Criticised for focusing more on protests by professional football players than on the disaster in the Caribbean, the White House said the president spoke late on Saturday by phone with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, former governor Luis Fortuno, and Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, who represents the island in Congress but has no voting power.
"But again, this is about saving lives", she said.
They will first travel to NY and then head to Puerto Rico. Just today I was telling you we had to evacuate yet another hospital because the generator caught on fire - so this is another hospital that will not be able to work for another week.
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In an interview with Reuters on Saturday, Rossello said: "I'm not paying attention to social media", adding "my only focus right now is to make sure the people of Puerto Rico are well".
Ten days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the US territory's governor approved a moratorium on rent payments for those living in public housing as residents struggle to recover from the devastating storm.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is answering with her own tweets.
Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Saturday night, Cruz said she's not a Democrat. "Whatever we have asked for this effort, they have delivered", Rosselló said.
Celebs like John Legend and Lady Gaga took to Twitter to criticize the President and show their support for Puerto Rico.
Begnaud and Santiago both said they receive hundreds of messages a day from people on the mainland, asking them to check on relatives.
Cruz told MSNBC that she would be "very glad" to meet with Trump.
San Juan resident Gabriela Gonzalez - a self proclaimed Trump supporter - says she hopes Trump will see "something else besides the airport" when he visits on Tuesday because "it's even worse in the rest of the island".