Hundreds stranded at Puerto Rico's crippled airport after Maria

Donald Trump

Puerto Rico is pleading for help six days after Hurricane Maria hit the island with a vengeance.

On Friday, Dorothy McAuliffe will host a special benefit for the first lady of Puerto Rico.

The Trump administration says it is not planning to waive federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to Puerto Rico and other areas affected by Hurricane Maria, as it did following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

"What we do is we meet up with the ERV - emergency response vehicle - that will have food prepped and ready to go". "We have a long, rich history of being a big presence in the San Juan airport", said airline spokesman Justin Franco. "This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean. A massive effort is underway, and we have been really treated very, very nicely by the governor and by everybody else-they know how hard we're working and what a good job we're doing".

Infrastructure in Puerto Rico was also badly damaged.

"Both have been devastated, and I mean absolutely devastated", the president told reporters at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

"I feel offended and insulted to see the type of tweet from the president blaming the people of Puerto Rico for a natural disaster and then the public debt". One of those vessels is USS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship.

"I told my husband if they cancel again, I might lose it", said Rivera.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz is at her wits end trying to find help, CBS News' David Begnaud reports from the capital city. "And the phone call never comes", Contreas said.

The Red Cross has 400 workers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

On Tuesday morning, before Mr. Trump's announcement of a visit, Representative Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat of IL, urged his colleagues to do more to focus on the crisis in Puerto Rico and expressed frustration at the lack of action by the government.

"People say FEMA is going to help us", Valentin said Tuesday as she showed Associated Press journalists around the sodden wreckage of her home.