Utility companies donate $250K to disaster relief efforts for Puerto Rico, Mexico

Eli Rowe's team of 12 delivered supplies to the San Juan Chabad as well as to vulnerable areas throughout Puerto Rico's capital

There is no unity, at least on twitter, about the giant relief effort to help millions of victims in storm ravaged Puerto Rico.

Many people in Puerto Rico were left without electricity and water.

Initially, the Trump administration named a one-star general to run USA military operations, then upgraded the command to three-star Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who headed to Puerto Rico on Thursday. "We have done an incredible job, considering there's absolutely nothing to work with", Trump said, adding that "the power grid is gone". Emphasizing the difficulty of the task of rebuilding devastated areas, Trump noted that the USA territory is "an island surrounded by water".

That leaves tens of thousands of people without access to necessities, most urgently water, long after the September 20 hurricane.

In a series of tweets, he also slammed "Fake News CNN and NBC", which he said "are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.'" He said their reports were not fair to the responders or their efforts. But on Wednesday, an army veteran told NPR that Puerto Rico needs 50,000. "It breaks my heart because I have family that has called and told us they are starting to run out of supplies and water", said Irizarry.

The president plans to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

People walk on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan Puerto Rico
People walk on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan Puerto Rico

Mr Trump responded by citing what he calls "such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".

"Really", in response to President Trump's tweets about her.

"We've closely coordinated with territorial and local governments which unfortunately aren't able to handle this catastrophe on their own", said the president.

Pop star Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter: "I this it's clear where the "poor leadership" lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States".

The leader of Puerto Rico's capital city says she knows "the good heart of the American people and I know that when a mayday sound goes off, they come to the rescue". Duke had described the response as a "good news story".

The President also accused the news media of doing all it could to skew the story of the Puerto Rico relief effort, as Mr. Trump said relief workers were doing an "amazing job".

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