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"The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes", the President said.

"Poor leadership would be hiding at a country club golfing while fellow Americans are suffering and dying".

Cruz says even though he can't speak to his family members in Puerto Rico, he hopes they are safe and that these donations and this message will make it to them.

Donald Trump on Sunday morning continued his feud with Puerto Ricans, and more specifically the mayor of San Juan, all because Carmen Yulín Cruz went on TV Friday night and begged for better disaster relief in order to keep people alive.

Speaking in front of pallets of baby food and water, Cruz said Washington was "killing" the people of Puerto Rico with "inefficiency and. bureaucracy".

The president's Saturday morning invective was likely a response to strong remarks made by Cruz at a press conference the evening prior.

Responding to Ms Cruz on Twitter, Mr Trump said: "The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

Mr Trump came under withering fire earlier this week for what some critics said was his slow response to an escalating humanitarian crisis.

Despite the myriad of logistical challenges, Trump has repeatedly applauded the first responders for "doing a fantastic job".

"I'd like to begin by sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of Puerto Rico, who have been struck by storms of historic and catastrophic severity", Trump said.

The president also thanked Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp "who stated that #FEMA and Military are doing a GREAT job!" Trump will visit the island on Tuesday.

US Vice President Mike Pence also defended his boss's performance by taking to Twitter. And we need all the help we can get.

"Mr. Trump, I beg you to take charge and save lives", she said. He said she had "poor leadership ability".

Later on Saturday evening, Trump tweeted out a video featuring footage of U.S. troops assisting Puerto Ricans, overlaid with an audio clip of Rossello praising the Trump administration's response to the natural disaster. Cruz says that "if he asks to meet with me, of course I would meet with him".

Trump is planning to visit the USA territory on Tuesday.

The mayor of San Juan begged Friday for more assistance, saying residents are in desperate need of food and water.

"The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered".

"The three-star general is on his way, if he's not already arrived in Puerto Rico, to evaluate the response and what the requirements are".


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