Trump's administration has tried in recent days to combat the perception that he failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria's destruction and has given the US commonwealth less attention than he'd bestowed on states like Texas, Louisiana and Florida after they were hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Trump is quoting praise from Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, who says the president and the Trump administration have "delivered" for the US territory. For the 43 previous presidents, their ultimate goal was to find ways to remind people in the country of our common humanity, to take the high road, to appeal to our better angels. "What he's doing is what every good leader does, is looking on the horizon for decisions that will come over the next three, four weeks and the next three, four months".
On Tuesday, he's due to visit Puerto Rico, where Maria killed at least sixteen people and left numerous island's 3.4 million residents without power and water.
Trump also announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday. CNN, for its part, has provided significant coverage of the recovery efforts - highlighting both stories of inspiration and the real struggles of many on the island to cope with the lack of electricity and increasing shortages of water and food.
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said on Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far. "We're not sure if we'll get more fuel after that'". "We have expanded greatly; probably 90 percent of the island is accessible now".
"When I read that tweet, it was in reference to the mayor of San Juan, not to the people of Puerto Rico", said Rossello, who has made a point of working cooperatively with Trump's administration on aid for the island. She's been seen comforting nursing home residents, wading in the floodwaters, and pleading for more aid during news conferences and TV appearances, NBC News reported.
"This is, damn it, this is not a good news story", Mayor Yulín Cruz said. "I'm sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me".
"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. There are 77 other towns that are waiting anxiously and will be very grateful to you and to the American people if you continue to step up to the moral imperative that you have taken on all over the world to help those in need. "We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this awful disaster", he said.
But Puerto Rican officials say supplies have been held up in ports, unable to be delivered. And she heard him tell a crowd of businesspeople that Puerto Rico's government would have to help figure out how to pay the cost of the massive rebuilding effort.