>> I am begging. Begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying.>> This tearful plea by the Mayor of San Juan summarizing the desperation of the Puerto Rican people. More than a week after Hurricane Maria totally devastated the island.>> If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency.
>> But those words were spurned by President Donald Trump who on Saturday fired off a series of tweets including this one targeting Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. Saying, quote, the Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.
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. Cruz, ignoring the president's insults, instead, Tweeting these photos of herself and other citizens hard at work, helping with the recovery effort. Cruz says, private donations of food and water are pouring in, but that aid from the US government has been slow even though the president doesn't agree.
>> We've saved a lot of lives, we've done a really good job->> Trump also coming under fire for repeatedly bringing up Puerto Rico's debt problems during what some are calling a humanitarian crisis.>> Ultimately, the government to Puerto Rico will have to work with us. To determine how this massive rebuilding effort Lynda being one of the biggest ever will be funded and organized.
And what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt.>> In his Tweets Saturday, Trump, who's spending the weekend at his golf resort in New Jersey, said that officials in Puerto Rico, quote, want everything to be done for them. The President and First Lady Melania will be visiting the island on Tuesday.
As residents remain without power and struggle to find food and clean drinking water.