Rihanna urges Donald Trump to help the people of Puerto Rico

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham

"I know it's a hard storm to recover from but the amount of progress that's been made, and I really would appreciate any support that we get. Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path", the Hamilton creator tweeted in defense of San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city in a war of words over recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria smashed into the US territory.

Puerto Rico plans to house FEMA employees and other first responders in the vacated hotel rooms, Izquierdo said.

Soon after the President's tweets, Ms Cruz tweeted photos of herself helping the relief effort, writing: "The goal is one: saving lives". She then addressed President Trump himself: "We are not as second-class citizens, but as animals that can be disposed of". He said airport and port capacity is increasing.

Mr. Trump is expected to survey the damage on Tuesday. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job", he continued in a series of tweets.

He also called out the media saying "Wish press would treat fairly!"

Earlier Friday, Trump said on Twitter that his administration is doing what it can to help.

On Friday, Cruz had responded on CNN to the comments of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who had said that the response to the disaster was a "good news story".

"It is meant to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms", Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement.

"Damn it, this is not a good news story", she said. "We are unloading on an hourly basis, massive loads of water and food and supplies for Puerto Rico".

The 3,114-person cruise ship was in the island's capital, San Juan, yesterday, reports Cruise Critic, and will shortly head to St. Croiz and St. Thomas, collecting evacuees and bringing necessary supplies.

Ground transportation, hampered by fuel shortages and streets blocked with fallen vegetation and utility wires, remained a major challenge.

Buchanan, a three-star general, played the same role in New Orleans in 2005 following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

But retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who commanded military relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said the military deployments come four days too late. "I don't have any more tears to cry", said Marin.



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