Will Puerto Rico be Trump's Katrina moment?

Farmer Luis A. Pinto Cruz sells produce to a customer from his kiosk in Yabucoa Puerto Rico on Sunday. He drove to the capital last week to stock up on vegetables for the kiosk because his 14,000 plantain trees are all dead his cattle are gone and he

Some of the items headed to Puerto Rico on the Wednesday flight included power generators. We sat and looked at each other and thought, 'what are we going to do?

Tonight, he's defending himself, and the white house releasing this photo of a meeting in the situation room, to signal they are doing all they can.

Officials have described "apocalyptic" conditions, which are only expected to get worse, and Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosselló has deemed Maria the biggest catastrophe in the island's history.

The confirmed toll from Maria jumped to at least 49 on Monday, including 16 dead in Puerto Rico.

The federal government is "doing everything we can" to help the island's hard hit people, Trump said.

"I figured they were probably ok but just to hear exactly how it went and what they went through, it was a relief to know they were ok", he said.

Almost a week after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, students who can't return to school may need to continue their education on the mainland.

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"It's life or death", San Juan mayor Carmen Cruz told CBS News Tuesday "People are starting to die already".

But after Maria struck, it has been left with a deteriorating food supply, no running water, and no electricity. "We are trying to help my people because they need us", said Lisette Crespo, office manager at Renew Counseling.

Now Forster says two more members plan to head to Puerto Rico very soon, one of whom is leaving tomorrow. For example, while 1.5 million meals have been distributed, the island has 3.2 million people, many of them in need of assistance. That time must be granted, but lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have an obligation to ensure that the outcome of that case does not reward financiers while Puerto Ricans suffer and die. "So our focus has been to identify these bus drivers, to identify the gas station operators, to get them open and to start the transmission of all of this fuel".

The governor specifically lauded the administration's initial deployment of over 10,000 federal staff to help rebuild and fix the stricken USA territory.

She doesn't want people to forget Puerto Rico is part of the US too and that people are stranded there.

Infrastructure in Puerto Rico was also badly damaged.



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