He played down criticism of his administration's response to the hurricane by stating that "the military and first responders. have done an wonderful job".
In a video released in January, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz praised former President Obama's decision to commute the sentence of FALN terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera.
President Donald Trump on Friday said "there's never been anything like" the devastation in Puerto Rico, which is facing a humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria sweeping through the Caribbean island last week. The fuel is badly needed to power emergency generators and to distribute food and other supplies across the island.
President Donald Trump responded to Cruz's rebuke, saying the mayor "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".
This is after accusing the San Juan mayor of poor leadership and being unable to get workers to help the USA territory recover.
"The recovery effort probably hasn't been seen for something like this", Trump said.
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert told reporters Thursday that Washington has sent 10,000 federal relief workers, including more than 7,000 troops, to the island.
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The president also thanked Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp "who stated that #FEMA and Military are doing a GREAT job!"
Mr. Trump's tweets showed "his true self: narcissistic, petty, lacking in empathy and failing to lead", tweeted "Star Trek" actor and activist George Takei.
The White House said Trump will make calls to several Puerto Rico officials, including Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, on Saturday afternoon.
She avoided directly criticizing the president Sunday.
"I just want to hug them", Berrios said. "Maybe you can die, too", said church member Judith Cruz. She said as many as seven people are dead after water and oxygen didn't get to them in time.
"As tone deaf as George Bush's response to Katrina was", Mr. Himes said, "I don't think he would have attacked the mayor from the comfort of a luxury golf club". And we need all the help we can get.
Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he will visit Puerto Rico to examine the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and to help lead the recovery process on the ground. "Dammit, this is not a good-news story".
According to a release from the Pennsylvania National Guard, the crew and the helicopters will fly a number of missions over the next few days on the way to Puerto Rico.