The retired lieutenant general who righted the recovery response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 slammed President Donald Trump's administration over the humanitarian crisis left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz rejected that view, imploring Trump to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives".
- Officers from the St. Paul Police Department are no longer headed to provide aid on the hurricane-battered island of Puerto Rico, according to a release Sunday.
Relief workers now have the food and water needed for the island, Duke said. What I can tell you is my experience.
He characterized the president as "speaking from his fancy golf club, playing golf with his billionaire friends, attacking the mayor of San Juan, who is struggling" to bring electricity, food, water and gas to the island.
In the rural towns of Salinas and Fajardo, the vast majority of locals reported having no cell service on Friday and Saturday, and said they had not seen local or federal officials in the area.
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 and knocked out the island's power grid.
She also tore into Trump for using his Twitter account to punch down on someone in a desperate situation.
The President also tweeted on Saturday: "Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.' Not fair to FR or effort!"
Macklemore to donate proceeds from Same Love to marriage equality campaign
Ironically, the controversy helped the track move to the top of the iTunes chart in Australia this week. The criticism has been led by former prime minister, Tony Abbott, and Liberal senator, Eric Abetz.
"I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands". I'm receiving help from the government, we are receiving assistance from FEMA, I got people over here helping us with applications for the people that have damage in their houses.
Thursday, Duke stirred controversy when referring to the government's response in Puerto Rico as a "good news story".
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who challenged Trump for the GOP presidential nomination a year ago, said "when people are in the middle of the disaster, you don't start trying to criticize them".
"Let me clarify", she said Friday upon her arrival in San Juan.
Julia Kelleher, Puerto Rico's secretary of education, told CNN on Sunday that some public schools might not resume classes until October 16 because of storm damage, though decisions will be made on a regional basis.
Earlier he tweeted: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes". Maria was not thought to be a huge hurricane like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, but over the tiny USA territory of Puerto Rico, she has caused more damage that will take time to fix. Puerto Ricans just "want everything to be done for them". "If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", she pleaded at a press conference.
More troops, medical supplies and vehicles were on the way to the island, but it will be some time before the USA territory is back on its feet, the senior US general appointed to lead military relief operations said on Friday.
The U.S. Navy has also dispatched the USNS Comfort, a hospital ship that has been deployed during previous disasters such as the 2010 Haiti quake.