Puerto Rico Is Getting a Surge of Aid, Governor Says


Neighbors came together in Canovanas, P.R., on Saturday to help clean up after Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico’s governor said on Sunday that more aid was surging into the island.

Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

SAN JUAN, P.R. — A surge of fuel and food supplies and federal government personnel has begun to arrive in Puerto Rico, the governor of the storm-battered island said Sunday morning.

Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló told reporters that over the next two days, more than half a million barrels of diesel fuel and nearly a million barrels of gasoline would reach Puerto Rico. The fuel is badly needed to power emergency generators and to distribute food and other supplies across the island.

Mr. Rosselló said that the Defense Department had increased its footprint on Puerto Rico to 6,400 people, from roughly 4,600 two days earlier, with more coming, and that other federal agencies were also sending more staff to aid in the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, which smashed through the island on Sept. 20.

The Trump administration’s response to the disaster has become a heated political issue. Some Puerto Rican officials, including the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, have made televised pleas for a faster and more robust response. Others, like the governor, have spoken more positively about federal efforts.

For his part, President Trump has tweeted that “the Fake News” and “politically motivated ingrates” were distorting the picture of what he maintained was an effective response to the storm.

On Sunday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted that his administration had “done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico.” The president also wrote, “All buildings now inspected … for safety,” but offered no basis for the statement.

The assertion seemed to surprise Mr. Rosselló. “All buildings?” he said….

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