The president got warm welcomes throughout his extensive tour of the hurricane-ravaged island, but he was also surrounded by evidence of the hardships a majority of Puerto Ricans still face almost two weeks after the last storm hit.
"Does he think this is a show?"
In the poll by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the president drew better marks for his handling of the recoveries after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In a joke that fell flat, he told Puerto Ricans on Monday that "you've thrown our budget out of whack".
Cruz slammed Trump's relief response last week during an interview with CNN, where she pleaded with the administration for more help. The US president was in the island territory to take stock of the devastation left behind by the hurricane and spoke to officials regarding the relief measures in place.
"The job that's been done here is really nothing short of a miracle", Trump said. "Dammit, this is not a good-news story".
"You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together", he said. Hospitals are shutting down and people are dying thanks to faulty generators and no power: people who require dialysis, or who are on life support, or require electricity for any of the treatments they receive to stay alive. Standing behind the table of supplies, Trump displayed a much softer side to his personality than he did a few days earlier when he was heard criticizing the mayor of San Juan saying he has "poor leadership ability" and adding how the island's leaders "want everything done for them". "What needs to be done is freight movement on the island itself". Officials said aid was slow moving and poorly organized.
Her comments referred to remarks Trump made during a meeting with local and federal officials Tuesday, when he claimed Puerto Rico had thrown the USA budget "out of whack" and compared the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria to Hurricane Katrina, which he called "a real catastrophe".
Almost two weeks later, 95 percent of electricity customers still don't have power and 45 percent of the island doesn't have clean water.
Only 45 percent of people have access to drinking water on the island.
"He was insulting to the people of Puerto Rico", Cruz said, adding that the trip was all just "PR".