Trump talks Puerto Rico hurricane relief with current, former officials

Trump talks Puerto Rico hurricane relief with current, former officials
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President Trump spoke with several current and former officials this weekend to discuss relief efforts for Puerto Rico and to pledge his administration's support, the White House said late Saturday.

Trump spoke with Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R) about the recovery efforts, according to the White House, and Trump thanked her for her leadership in responding to the devastation in Puerto Rico.

Trump during the conversation said his administration will continue to work to help Puerto Rico recover.


González-Colón also thanked Trump for his leadership, the White House said, and praised the efforts of FEMA and the first responders.

Trump also spoke with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp to "express his support" and thank them for their leadership.

In another call, he talked with former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño, who said the recovery effort was "proceeding well."

FEMA administrator Brock Long also spoke with Trump and briefed him on the progress of the recovery efforts.

"The President directed Administrator Long to remain steadfast in leading the unprecedented Federal response to addressing the needs of the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands," the White House readout of the call said.

Trump in recent days has been pushing back against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to respond to the devastation in Puerto Rico.

On Saturday, he lashed out at the mayor of San Juan, who had criticized the federal response in an emotional plea for help.

According to the White House readouts, the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, was not among the officials Trump spoke with this weekend about recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

On Saturday, the White House said she "might be too busy doing TV" to meet with Trump during his visit to the island this week.