Donald Trump attacks mayor of Puerto Rico's storm-hit capital city

Puerto Rico Faces Extensive Damage After Hurricane Maria

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

Duke was speaking to reporters on the tarmac in San Juan before boarding a helicopter for an aerial look at the devastation.

Focusing on process is nearly never a good thing for politicians - and that goes double or even triple when you are dealing with ANY loss of life or ANY sort of humanitarian crisis. He said she had "poor leadership ability". "That is why we are here".

"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.

Asked about Trump's claim that Cruz had "been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", the mayor said: "Maybe he's used to women who have to be told what to do".

Miranda, who was born in NY, has deep familial roots in Puerto Rico. He adds that the rebuilding effort is "starting from scratch". The Department of Homeland Security has sent barges to deliver meals, water and other necessities to Puerto Rico.

Many parts of Puerto Rico are cut off, with communications down.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright may have been the most direct but he was hardly the only celebrity to blast Trump for somehow finding it appropriate to play politics with a national tragedy.

The trip was planned before Elaine Duke set off a storm herself with her comments on the damage.

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Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of hit Broadway musical Hamilton, said: "You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump".

Cruz told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Trump's comments - which she heard about late because of the poor Internet coverage in Puerto Rico - had made her smile, given what Puerto Ricans were dealing with.

She worked as an adviser to the San Juan mayor and the president of Puerto Rico's House of representatives, according to her biography.

On top of that, Puerto Rico has a shortage of diesel fuel, which is needed to power the semi-trucks.

"It is not a good-news story when people are dying, when they don't have dialysis, when their generators aren't working and their oxygen isn't providing for them".

Later on Saturday, Trump added in a tweet, "Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an unbelievable job is being done in Puerto Rico".

The President also accused the news media of doing all it could to skew the story of the Puerto Rico relief effort, as Mr. Trump said relief workers were doing an "amazing job".

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort - it will end up being one of the biggest ever - will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", he said.

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