Dozens were killed in Puerto Rico and much of the island was left without electricity or necessary supplies. After going days without mentioning Puerto Rico following Maria, however, administration officials have attempted to play catchup, holding numerous press conferences to describe their relief efforts; Trump now manages to get in a mention of Puerto Rico at almost every public event. Under the Jones Act, only US ships flying USA flags can dock at American ports.
That prompted a sharp retort from San Juan's mayor in a CNN interview.
Trump launched his attack on San Juan's mayor during a weekend stay at his golf resort in New Jersey, where he was attending the President's Cup tournament on Sunday.
Lugo reported from San Juan.
We have done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Thank you to the Governor of P.R. and to all of those who are working so closely with our First Responders.
"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", she said.
CBS News senior national security analyst Fran Townsend, who authored an extensive report on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, told "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that the federal government has to listen to local officials and "respond to their needs". Passed after World War I, the Jones Act was to necessitate a reliable fleet of United States merchant ships, which both increased the employment of an American industry, and also a national security guarantee that in the event of war, there would be a robust fleet of USA ships to handle shipping if we were cut off. "He just doesn't know", said Jorge Candeleria, who moved to Irving from Puerto Rico seven years ago.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who lost the 2016 Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, called Trump's tweets "unspeakable". "You just did this for white people twice".
He added, without elaboration, They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.. Below is a video in which she begs the President for his help.
Critics have questioned Cruz's management style, noting that some early supporters, including people who occupied key positions, have resigned or been dismissed.
He also singled out Cruz for being "nasty" to him, because that's definitely the kind of concern that a grown-ass adult in his position should be raising at this time. And you are killing us with the inefficiency and bureaucracy. She also said residents need to focus on saving lives and "cannot be distracted by anything else".
President Trump blasted the increasingly critical mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday for "poor leadership ability" in not being able to "get their workers to help" in hurricane relief, saying the federal government is doing a "fantastic job".