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This undated photo provided by Hector Alejandro Santiago shows his farm in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, destroyed by September 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Puerto Ricans on Saturday for failing to do enough to dig out from damage caused by Hurricane Maria, saying criticism leveled at his government for the slow response was driven by politics.

As the territory continues to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, it - along with Puerto Rico and the wider Caribbean - must continue to deal with emerging disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean, as the hurricane season is now at its peak (from mid-August to Mid-October, according to the National Hurricane Center).

Larry Hogan is making national guard resources available to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Duke visited the island Friday, surveying damage, meeting local officials and trying to move on from remarks that stunned some in Puerto Rico a day earlier.

He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an incredible job".

On Thursday, Duke expressed nothing short of full confidence when she talked to reporters about Puerto Rico outside the White House.

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"We understand that we can not act as before and continue like this", they said.

The Trump administration spent much of the day defending itself from accusations that it has dragged its feet as officials on the island fight to restore electricity and mobile-phone service, and get families food and clean water. She said on CNN: "This is a people-are-dying story".

"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", the President wrote on Twitter.

Bush famously told his emergency management director, Michael Brown, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during what proved to be a tragically inept federal response to deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane", Duke said. A woman with diabetes said a lack of refrigeration had spoiled her insulin. "Damn it, this is not a good news story". This is a "people are dying" story. "We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe".

Miranda drew a parallel between the plight of Puerto Ricans now trying to flee the island with the story of Alexander Hamilton, who also fled a hurricane-ravaged island. But many, especially outside the capital, remain desperate for necessities, including water, power and fuel.

At a news conference, Rossello declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which he said he had not seen. No long lines for you.

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