"I am proud of Americans helping Americans, friends and strangers alike", Duke said, referencing a comment she made on Thursday that aid reaching the island was "a good news story", for which she had drawn criticism.
She upbraided acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who described the federal response as "a good news story".
"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", Cruz said in a news conference.
State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes said 600 law enforcement and emergency responders from New Jersey will relieve police in Puerto Rico who are struggling with their families to deal with the devastation caused by the storm. "I'm sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me". "Damnit, this is not a good news story". It is not a good news story when people are dying, when they don't have dialysis, when their generators aren't working and their generators aren't providing for them. "It's a life-or-death story".
"Let's make this clear, this is an operation of the government of Puerto Rico", Rosello said.More news: Draw likely as heavyweights Chelsea and Man City cancel each other out
"I have not seen any federal help around here", said Javier San Miguel, a 51-year-old accountant. There are 77 other towns that are waiting anxiously and will be very grateful to you and to the American people if you continue to step up to the moral imperative that you have taken on all over the world to help those in need.
"There's a lot of places closer to Puerto Rico than CT but we have the expertise that they need", said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was at the air base Friday to see the crew off. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman also was there.
U.S. President Donald Trump was scheduled to go Puerto Rico on Tuesday, while Vice President Mike Pence will be in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands late next week, an aide said.
"We are saddened to hear of the impact Hurricane Maria had on Puerto Rico and the difficulties many families are experiencing", Lorena Hitchcock wrote in an email. The fact that Puerto Rico is an island is no excuse for how his administration has failed to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis.
Mr Trump tweeted later: "FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico". "So the President is 1,000% right".
Cuomo asked Bossert to elaborate on what the connection is between Puerto Rico's debt and rebuilding. And House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief account would get a 6.7 billion United States dollar (£5 billion) boost by the end of the week. "The federal government is paying 100% of the tab here to make sure lives are saved".