Donald Trump waives restrictions on aid to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

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"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told reporters on Friday. "I won't feel confident until I hear my Mom saying yes, they're helping us, yes, we are receiving things, yes, there's water - we can buy water, yes - there's gas", says waitress Jessica.

"This isn't about me". "If we don't get the food and the water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide", she said.

He said United States officials had focused more on making a good impression on members of the media gathered at the capital San Juan's convention centre than bringing aid to rural Puerto Rico.

Maria, the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, has killed at least 16 people on the island.

"I am very satisfied", acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said outside the White House on Thursday.

"We are dying here, and I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island", she said, adding: "(If) we don't get the food and water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide.

"If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying", she said at a press conference.

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At least 16 people died and almost all its people were left without power and most without water.

The U.S. Navy dispatched the hospital ship the USNS Comfort to Puerto Rico Friday as government and private groups tried to step up relief efforts on the storm-ravaged island, hit both by Hurricane Maria and earlier Hurricane Irma. It's a life-or-death story'.

'Damn it, this is not a good-news story, ' Cruz told CNN.

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that "food and water [were] on site". "This is a point where we can't look at small differences and establish differences based on politics".

Ms Cruz also thanked Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) workers saying "they have their hearts in the right place" but she relayed that the Puerto Rican people are desperate for these workers to be able to do their jobs as the crisis "continues to worsen". He also said he would try to stop by the US Virgin Islands, saying people there are 'working hard'.

"Now Congress must repeal this law to aid long-term recovery", he said. "Massive exodus without a doubt".

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