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Trump Bemoans 'Little Appreciation' As San Juan Mayor Begs For Water

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Melissa Porter | 11 October, 2017, 20:51

More than 90 percent of residents are still without powers and much of the island's other infrastructure is in disrepair. Even drinking water in many areas remains limited: just over half of customers reliant on Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) have potable water. He also spent much of the weekend picking fights with San Juan's mayor and joked about the impact that paying for the recovery to the damaged island would have on the United States' budget. "Have requested support from @FEMA_Brock NOTHING!"

Mayor Cruz said the federal government's response has been slow, inadequate, or downright nonexistent.

When ABC News's Martha Raddatz interviewed FEMA Director Brock Long on Sunday, she asked about Cruz's allegations that the agency was falling down on its recovery duties.

The reason, according to Long: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz's "political noise".

During his interview with Mike Huckabee, Trump also criticized Cruz for slamming him - and then talked about the "beautiful, soft towels" that he threw into crowds of Puerto Ricans as if they were footballs.

"They had these handsome, soft towels". Trump said they need to start helping themselves, instead of just sitting around waiting for someone else to do it for them, it reminds me of New Orleans when Katrina hit, they all just sat around waiting for the government to come get them out. He added that Cruz was "very complimentary only a few days ago", but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

The president feels the recovery is going well: In the same interview with Huckabee, he spoke favorably about the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico and the hurricane recovery in Texas and Florida because they had given him a sense of goal and made him personally feel good. "In another sense, you feel you can do a good job".

"In one sense, you hate to see it", he told Huckabee.

However, Cruz praised the White House staff and said, "I saw a real connection between the reality and the White House staff".