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01 October, 2017

Trump went after the San Juan mayor in a series of early morning tweets for criticizing the White House's hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, accusing her of "poor leadership" and suggesting that the island's residents are not doing enough to help themselves.

Trump lauded the effort of first responders to Puerto Rico, saying they have done "an awesome job" despite a lack of electricity, damaged roads and no road service.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda did not mince words in his message to Donald Trump following the President's Saturday morning Twitter attacks on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

President Donald Trump lifted USA shipping restrictions on storm-battered Puerto Rico Thursday, removing a legal obstacle blamed for slowing the disaster relief response to Hurricane Maria, the White House said. "We want them to be safe and sound and secure, and we'll be there every day until that happens", POTUS promised. "Fastest golf cart you ever took", Miranda fired back at Trump. "We are dying", Cruz said she was hopeful the situation would improve.

The Department of Homeland Security said it was able to lift the restrictions quickly because the Department of Defense requested a waiver for those states and the department hadn't yet done so for Puerto Rico.

"This is a "people are dying" story, this is a life and death story, this is a truckload of stuff that can not be taken to people story", the mayor said on the verge of tears and sounding exhausted.

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On the island of Puerto Rico, thousands of people are still in need of food, water and power in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Ten days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the US territory's governor approved a moratorium on rent payments for those living in public housing as residents struggle to recover from the devastating storm.

"Damn it, this is not a good news story", Cruz told CNN.

The Jones Act is problematic for Puerto Rico at this time, because even the most basic of shipments from the U.S.to Puerto Rico - and vice versa - are required to be done through expensive protected ships, instead of being opened up to a global market.

Trump also praised the work of the first responders and harshly criticized the "Fake News Networks" that are "working overtime" to demoralize first responders and soldiers.

"The response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this", Trump said.


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