Puerto Rico National Guard personnel load debris into a bulldozer in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. AFP / Ricardo ARDUENGO
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that local officials in Puerto Rico "have to give us more help" in responding to devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, a defiant response to criticism that federal recovery efforts have been sluggish.The trip will be Trump's fourth areas battered by storms during an unusually violent hurricane season that has also seen parts of Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the U.S. Virgin Islands inundated by floodwaters and hit by high winds.Trump's visit follows a weekend in which he aggressively pushed back against critics, including San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.Cruz said she would attend events with Trump on Tuesday.Trump and first lady Melania Trump were to attend briefings and meet with Gov. Ricardo Rossello, as well as the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trump and other administration officials have worked in recent days to reassure Americans that recovery efforts are going well and combat a perception that the president failed to fully grasp the magnitude of the storm's destruction in its immediate aftermath.
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