Only moments after Trump's self-congratulatory remarks were broadcast, the mayor of San Juan went on television to unleash a damning indictment of the U.S. government's treatment of the 3.5 million Americans on the island.
'The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump, ' the Republican president wrote from his private golf club in New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend. "We want them to be safe and sound and secure and we will be there every day until that happens".
"It is an act of justice", said Carmen Yuliín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, said on CNN on Thursday.
The Category 4 hurricane, which made landfall on September 20, left many of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents without access to food, water, health services and electricity. "This is the time to show our 'true colors, '" she said, posting pictures of Puerto Ricans helping others.
"I am very satisfied", acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said outside the White House on Thursday.
The US leader has pledged to spare no effort to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath, and is set to visit the island early next week.
There's been plenty of fuss regarding the Jones Act, a 100-year-old maritime law that protects American shipping but cramps Puerto Rico's ability to get aid from foreign ships and governments, aid that it badly needs now.
The aftermath of the storm resulted in a near-total shutdown of the USA territory's economy that could last for weeks and has many people running seriously low on water, diesel fuel, gas and cash, and worrying that it will become even harder to survive on the storm-ravaged island.
"Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump, '" he tweeted. "This is a 'people are dying" story.
"The response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this", Trump said.