>> Puerto Rico needs a lot of money.>> President Donald Trump insisting Tuesday his administration is doing all it can to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria despite complaints that federal aid had been too slow to reach the US territory. Trump saying the US was doing a quote, really good job.
>> We have shipped massive amounts of food and water and supplies, cuz this is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean, and it's a big ocean.>> Trump adding that he will visit the island next Tuesday. White House officials also revealing the extent of recovery efforts in an attempt to show that Puerto Rico has not been ignored by the Trump administration.
The FEMA chief saying that dozens of ships are involved in the response to provide much needed aid. 7 million meals and 4 million liters of water are on the way by barge. The Homeland Security head adding cellphone service had been restored to about a third of the island.
Reuters correspondent Robin Respaut is in San Juan.>> A freighter coming to port in San Juan today said that there are not enough trucks to pick up supplies brought in by FEMA because of diesel shortages. Many people here are growing increasingly frustrated by the slow recovery. The airport, which was damaged during the storm, is only allowing ten flights out a day.
So the backlog of people trying to get out of Puerto Rico is building.>> Puerto Rico still has virtually no electricity, hospitals are breaking down, the airport is crippled, and Puerto Ricans are still struggling for the basics like clean drinking water. But on Monday Trump came under fire for bringing up Puerto Rico's debt problems.
Tweeting, quote, much of the island was destroyed with billions of dollars owed to Wall street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. San Juan's Mayor reacting, saying, quote, you don't put debt above people, you put people above debt.>> This is the time for action, let's not talk about the debt, the freaking debt.
>> Puerto Ricans are US citizens but do not vote in presidential elections. Their island is not a US state, and yet it is fully dependent on the United States for help.