>> The White House facing a growing outcry over the pace of relief for hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico. The island's leaders pleading for help from Washington, as most of its 3.4 million residents are without power or running water. Some residents saying they see few signs of aide, compared to the rapid Federal response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida.
In a series of tweets Monday nights, President Donald Trump lamented the US territories outdated infrastructure and debt burden, saying that both must be dealt with, adding that food, water and medical are top priorities. The tweets coming hours after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed on the disaster response.
>> Again, the response has been at an unprecedented level and we're supplying federal assistance as quickly as possible. We wanna make sure that the funding is provided, but we also wanna make sure that we're actually funding the correct things.>> Hurricane Maria was the second major hurricane to ravage the Caribbean this month, and the most powerful to strike Puerto Rico in nearly a century.
Heavy rains from the storm have weakened the massive Guajataca dam which is on the verge of collapsing. And some 70,000 people who live below it have already been evacuated. The Pentagon, on Monday, saying the US Northern Command, had began a 24 hour a day air lift of critical supplies to Puerto Rico as well as the Virgin Islands.
It's said the Army core of engineers was working to restore power with some 4,000 national reserve troops also deployed. Satellite night photos, released Monday by the US government, showing the extent of the black outs on the islands. President Trump has said he intends to visit Puerto Rico, but a date has not been set.