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Trump has pledged to spare no effort to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath, and tweeted that military personnel and first responders have done "an incredible job", despite having "no electric, roads, phones etc".

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.

"They want everything to be done for them", Trump said.

Puerto Rico, a US territory in the Caribbean, was left devastated after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island as a Category 4 storm earlier this month.

Trump, who was spending the weekend at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said Cruz was attacking him for partisan reasons.

Trump also says the mayor was "very complimentary only a few days ago", but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

"It's a disgraceful job", said Gutierrez, who has family in the United States territory.

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San Juan's Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, left, hugs a woman during her visit to a nursing home in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 22.

Asked how long it would take for Puerto Rico to recover, General Buchanan gave a slight sigh and said: "This is a very, very long duration". Of the latter, he noted in that USA territory "people working hard".

"If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying", she said at a press conference.

The Defense Department on Thursday deployed a three-star general to Puerto Rico to oversee relief efforts, and the Department of Homeland Security waived the Jones Act, allowing non-U.S. ships to carry cargo from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico, despite some resistance from the shipping industry. I have no time for distractions. "It is not good news when people are dying". At least 16 people have reportedly died as a result of the hurricane, a number that's expected to rise as recovery efforts continue.

But in many cases, "on site" meant stored on pallets and in containers in sea - and at airports far from the towns where Puerto Ricans desperately lined up for fresh water and pre-made meals being distributed by federal officials. It's a life-or-death story'.

The Caribbean island, a U.S. territory, has been coping with shortages of food, drinking water, electricity and various forms of communication in recent weeks.