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Trump assails 'politically motivated ingrates' as San Juan mayor pleads for more help

Laura King, Tribune Washington Bureau on

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Trump's defenders have cited enormous logistical obstacles and the heavy strain placed on responders by the two previous hurricanes. Brock Long, the FEMA administrator, pointed Sunday to round-the-clock efforts to repair the electrical grid and get basic supplies like food and water to cut-off areas.

"We've pushed everything into that island that we can," said Long, also on "This Week." Asked about Trump's suggestion that Puerto Ricans were not doing enough to help themselves, Long said, "I believe in the Puerto Ricans. They're pulling their weight."

Long pointed to the "Herculean effort" being made to help the island and its people recover, but conceded: "We got a long way to go."

Both Long and another administration official, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, renewed criticism Sunday of Cruz, saying she has not cooperated sufficiently with federal officials.

"It is unfortunate that the San Juan mayor wants to sort of go against the grain," Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"We'd love to have her on the team as we all pull in the same direction," he said.

Cruz said in the ABC interview that while she wanted to see federal efforts become more effective, she would speak with Trump when he visits Puerto Rico Tuesday.

"If he asks to meet with me, of course I will meet with him," she said. "Anything that can be done, and anyone that can listen."

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