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FEMA head Brock Long dismisses San Juan mayor's complaints: 'Political noise'

FEMA head Brock Long dismisses San Juan mayor's complaints: 'Political noise'

Cruz argued that federal aid had been slow to reach Puerto Rico following Maria, which knocked out power to the entire island. Have requested support from FEMA.

More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria lashed the island, killing 36 people, Cruz tweeted Sunday: "Increasingly painful to undestand the american people want to help and US Gov does not want to help". She shared photos of volunteers and continue to plea for help, saying authorities in the federal government "do not want to help".

Cruz's comments follow President Donald Trump's self-congratulatory assessment of his administration's performance in Puerto Rico, and a renewed round of insults about Cruz's work on the island.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long confirmed the agency was ignoring Cruz's "noise".

The reason, according to Long: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz's "political noise".

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In an interview with Mike Huckabee that aired on the Christian TV network Trinity Broadcasting, Trump justified his paper towel throwing stunt because the towels were "beautiful" and "soft". "We did a great job, and we weren't treated fairly by the media, cause we really did a good job, one example, they had these attractive, soft towels, very good towels. Very good towels", the president told Huckabee (whose daughter is the president's press secretary). Trump said they need to start helping themselves, instead of just sitting around waiting for someone else to do it for them, it reminds me of New Orleans when Katrina hit, they all just sat around waiting for the government to come get them out.

Trump said the media should have blamed Cruz rather than criticizing his efforts. "In another sense, you feel you can do a good job".

Trump also spent some time learning about water purification tablets, asking a local "Would you drink it?" and when she answered in the affirmative, added, "Really?" while looking dubiously at the package of tablets.

The island of more than 3 million people is a territory of the United States and in the aftermath of the hurricane, the mayor of San Juan was critical of the US government's response.

However, Cruz praised the White House staff and said, "I saw a real connection between the reality and the White House staff".