Ms. Duke, who was visiting Puerto Rico on Friday, said that it was ânice to see the communities together trying to recover and support each other.â
âIt was good news that the people of Puerto Rico, the many public servants of the United States and the government of Puerto Rico were working together,â she said.
The Trump administration has vowed to give the island its full support. On Thursday, it appointed a three-star general to coordinate with agencies, and it waived the Jones Act, which was seen as a hindrance to relief efforts. But residents remained in dire straits on Friday, with fuel, clean water, ice and other basic supplies running short. The entire island of 3.4 million people remained without electricity, with little phone service. At least 16 people have died, though some experts say that number is likely to grow.
In remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington on Friday, President Trump said his administration was âengaged fully in the disaster and the response and recovery effort.â
âUltimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort â it will end up being one of the biggest ever â will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island,â he added. âWe will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe.â