It is estimated that telecommunications has returned to 30% of the island, nearly half the supermarkets have reopened, and more than half of gas stations are back in business.
"The end result could be a permanent increase in the rate of population decline, with many of those who remain too poor to move elsewhere", he said.
Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., and is slated to hold a series of phone calls regarding the hurricane response, including calls to Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and resident commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón. Puerto Rico must therefore get even the most basic supplies by moving goods on expensive ships.
However, Cruz stated that help is not arriving fast enough.
Update 11:30am CT, Sept. 30: Cruz responded to Trump's Twitter attacks on MSNBC this morning, telling Joy Reid, "This is what we have, it is one goal: it is to save lives". This is the time to show our "true colors". During a speech on his tax plan in Washington, D.C. on Friday, the president said the disaster relief effort has been complicated because the island is "surrounded by water". Still, the fight over relief money became politicized and contentious, with numerous Republicans voting against a delayed relief bill.
Rossello also announced the moratorium on Twitter in Spanish.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Puerto Ricans on Saturday for the slow pace of relief from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Maria, saying his government, which has come under fire for its response, was doing an "amazing job". Although unsurprising and quite predictable, it is pathetic that the President has chose to attack - with the not so subtle veil of racism and sexism - those desperately begging for his help in their hour of need.
"They've been hit with an enormous amount of work", he said, noting that the hospital had turned them on earlier during Hurricane Irma and increasingly worries they could fail. "It's been wiped out". He'll spend an hour on Saturday receiving five telephone briefings on recovery efforts, the White House said. After much pressure, the White House also announced a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, lifting the shipping restrictions into US ports, and thus allowing food and supplies to be brought into Puerto Rico.
Trump went on to say that there are "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job" but that "the Fake News Networks" are "doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's". "We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe".
"The end of my statement about good news", Duke said, "was it was good news that the people of Puerto Rico, the many public servants of the USA and the government of Puerto Rico are working together and I do believe that that is the way - part of the way - we believe, and it's nice to see the communities together trying to recover and support each other".
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"You're going straight to hell", tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda.