FEMA Administrator Brock Long flew to San Juan Monday and traveled to a hard-hit area in the interior. The first family received a briefing on Hurricane Maria relief efforts from officials on the ground once they landed.
Sanders said Cruz had been invited to participate in Tuesday's events, but it was unclear whether she and the president would meet.
In Massachusetts, state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, is the honorary vice chairman of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund, to raise money for hurricane relief efforts. That's clearly a bureaucracy issue, somebody isn't seeing through the trees because of the forest.
The president is expected to spend at least five hours in Puerto Rico during which he will meet first responders, local politicians and some residents. Trump has insisted that US government officials are doing a "great job" in Puerto Rico. He attacked the leadership of a Hispanic and female mayor who has waded into waist-deep flood waters with a megaphone, searching for survivors.
Trump also accused many of his critics on the island of being "politically motivated ingrates" who "want everything to be done for them". Not only did Trump have a lackluster response to the situation, but he's even made it worse by trying to shift the blame to the mayor of San Juan herself. Her response could not be heard. He also thanked the island's governor and congressional representative for not playing politics with the hurricane recovery. Asked what happened to those patients, where they were transferred, the health secretary responded with a sincere, "I don't know". Four years ago it was home to one of his golf courses. "He was giving us the highest grades". "Strong industry-government coordination is critical, and I thank President Trump and his Administration for their support and commitment throughout Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria".
"But, if you look at real catastrophes like Katrina, and you look at the hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look here at the storm - nobody had ever seen anything like this". More than 12,000 federal aid workers are on the island, and hospitals and airports are coming back online. The images were processed by NASA scientists to remove light from fires, the Moon, and other non-electric light, as well as any interference from clouds.
For many, however, that isn't enough.