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Grace Notes: In Puerto Rico, Maria offers eerie, infuriating echoes of Katrina

Grace Notes: In Puerto Rico, Maria offers eerie, infuriating echoes of Katrina

Hundreds of National Guard members and first responders from law enforcement agencies, including New York City's police and fire departments, are on the ground in Puerto Rico to help with the recovery efforts.

Irizarry said her flight to Puerto Rico through JetBlue was also cancelled.

A sign that reads in spanish, Playita (neighborhood), need water and food, SOS, is seen Baldorioty de Castro highway, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept 30, 2017.

But Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, heatedly denied that. But many, especially outside the capital, remain desperate for necessities, including water, power and fuel.

Cruz appeared to respond Saturday, though she did not mention Trump by name.

He also noted that Trump tweet-bombed the San Juan mayor from his "fancy golf club" in New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend, while mayor Cruz copes with a lack of food, water, and electricity.

The New York senator tells CBS' "Face the Nation" there's no question the administration's initial response to Hurricane Maria was "slow-footed, disorganized and not adequate".

"We are dying here, 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", Cruz said. "I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying".

Mr. Trump's tweets showed "his true self: narcissistic, petty, lacking in empathy and failing to lead", tweeted "Star Trek" actor and activist George Takei.

But Bossert defended the administration, saying they're doing everything they can to help people in Puerto Rico.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says Cruz's comments were "unfair" and that "when the president gets attacked, he attacks back".

Mr. Trump lashed out at Cruz on Twitter Saturday morning for her criticism of his administration's response.

"It was very painful being far away from them", she said.

President Donald Trump says his administration has "done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico" after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

"The idea here, Chris, with them being in debt, they don't have enough ready liquid cash to pay their normal share like Florida and Texas had ready, money to pay, so what we're going to do - and the President has already done it - is give a 180-day cost share adjustment", Bossert said.

"I always had faith in God, and I said I know these people are going to help me", she added. "Dammit, this is not a good-news story".

"The people who are the best in this are the US military".

A reporter asked her if that had happened to San Juan since her comments Saturday. "But it is a process in place to help rebuild the infrastructure and the power grids are shut down".


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