Despite what the President tweeted, they say they witnessed neighbors helping neighbors before they left.
But after Trump's blast, she took to Twitter to thank Republican lawmakers who had visited the island.
On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years.
The New York senator tells CBS' "Face the Nation" there's no question the administration's initial response to Hurricane Maria was "slow-footed, disorganized and not adequate". "Puerto Rico was totally destroyed".
President Trump has been weirdly sunny in his outlook, telling reporters on Friday that "it's been incredible, the results we've had with respect to loss of life". "President Trump, anyone, help us!" she said.
Rossello, though, challenged the idea that the government is failing to reach rural towns - a perception he says might be fueled by a "severe limitation with communication". I dont know what world Trump is living in.. Cruz avoided directly criticizing Trump on Sunday and attempted to refocus the discussion on speeding aid and supplies to people on the island territory. PROMESA is a broken promise to the people of Puerto Rico.
"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy", Cruz said. "This is about lives being lost if things do not get done properly real quickly", she said.
"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. She also drove past still-flooded streets, twisted billboards and roofs with gaping holes, and offered encouragement to some of the emergency personnel the US government has on the ground.
"It's unfortunate that the Puerto Rico mayor wants to, excuse me the San Juan mayor, wants to sort of go against the grain", he said, adding that Yulín Cruz should visit the FEMA command center on the island. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job".
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far.
The mayor of the island's capital city has complained about a slow response to the disaster.
Trump has taken criticism from Puerto Rico, especially from the San Juan mayor, for not doing enough to help the island ravaged by two hurricanes.
"I want to just remember them", he continued.