The governor said the death toll in Puerto Rico included 19 people who died as a direct result of the storm and 15 whose deaths were caused indirectly by the storm, local media reported. Trump spent much of the briefing issuing effusive congratulations to response teams and members of his Cabinet, while adding in a few not-so-subtle digs at the US territory.
Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, is spending a little over five hours in Puerto Rico Tuesday.
Still, nearly all of Puerto Rico is without electricity, and about half the population lacks drinking water. The attack left at least 58 people dead and over 500 injured.
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The trip will be Mr Trump's fourth areas battered by storms during an unusually violent hurricane season that has also seen parts of Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the US Virgin Islands inundated by floodwaters and hit by high winds.
"If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy", Cruz said.
Trump spent the meeting applauding federal and military recovery efforts without mentioning the progress that had been made or plans for returning the island territory to some semblance of normalcy.
At his first stop, a briefing with federal and local officials, Trump lavishly praised them.
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Before leaving to visit Puerto Rico, Trump took questions from reporters Tuesday morning, one of whom asked about mayor of San Juan. Cruz has accused the Trump administration of failing to provide adequate care and supplies in its relief effort. Trump is trying to sell the lack of adequate federal response as a success. He also suggested her criticism was influenced by politics.
The governor's office said the executive order will give Florida the resources it needs assist those feeling the catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico in the wake of the storm.
"We need their truck drivers, their drivers have to start driving trucks", Trump said. "But now the roads are cleared, communications are starting to come back". Then he tossed paper towel rolls to some of the fans in the back, just like he was shooting hoops.
"There's a lot of love in this room, a lot of love", he told the crowd.
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