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Politics Are Making Puerto Rico's Problems Harder

30 September 2017

Cruz was referencing Duke's comments on Thursday, when the Trump administration official said she was satisfied with the government's response to help Puerto Rico's recover from Hurricane Maria.

As the crisis continues with many residents still seeking access to food, electricity, medicine and water, many celebrities, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, have also urged swift action to aid Puerto Rico.

"All the people of Vieques were donating the supplies", he said.

Earlier he tweeted: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. But it is a process in place to help rebuild the infrastructure and the power grids are shut down".

According to a statement sent from the governor's office, "They will discuss Governor Scott's trip to Puerto Rico and ongoing Hurricane recovery efforts including repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee".

In San Juan, Duke said she was proud of the recovery work being done but she and Trump wouldn't be satisfied until the island was fully functional. About 200 people exited Puerto Rico on a special Delta humanitarian flight, he said.

For his part, Trump said Puerto Rico is "totally unable" to handle the catastrophe on its own.

Another challenge to keeping the factories running: Many employees haven't been able to return to work since Hurricane Maria hit nine days ago.

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In the meanwhile, the Department has ordered all US nonemergency government employees and their families to leave the island. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla in Washington .

People queue at a gas station to fill up their fuel containers, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. A government assessment determined that there was no need for the waiver, as Puerto Rico's ports were too damaged to handle increased imports.

North Carolina military also supported hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida. On Friday, he wrote on twitter that "b$3 ig decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!"

The U.S. government has now shipped 4 million meals and 1.59 million gallons of water.

The cruise line canceled its September 30 Adventure of the Seas trip to use the ship to deliver supplies and help evacuate people from the island, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

"If we don't get the food and the water into people's hands what we are going to see is something close to a genocide", she said.

Almost a week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, President Trump finally waived the Jones Act for the island, allowing more emergency supplies reach the battered territory's shores.

People wait at a gas station to fill up their fuel containers, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 27, 2017.

Much of the capital San Juan is a landscape of ruin: buildings with all their windows shattered, traffic lights down, and trees that survived now without a single leaf.

Politics Are Making Puerto Rico's Problems Harder