Puerto Rico still reeling after Hurricane Maria

President Trump received backlash for a tweet indicating U.S. officials, first responders can't stay in Puerto Rico "forever" even as large parts of the island remain without power and water weeks after the hurricane.
2:19 | 10/13/17

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This morning Puerto Rico is still facing a crisis from hurricane MARIA. More than three weeks after it hit and the president coming under fire for tweeting that FEMA and the military cannot stay there forever. The white house, though, insisting relief efforts will continue until the job is done. ABC's Victor Oquendo has the latest from San Juan. Reporter: This morning, frustration and disappointment across Puerto Rico after a series of tweets from president trump ending with this warning. We cannot keepers, the military and first responders in Puerto Rico forever. The backlash, fierce. The mayor of San Juan telling CNN -- For some reason he's taking all of his anger out on Puerto Rico. There is a big disconnect between the big heart of the volunteers and the people that are here working on the ground and, frankly, the big mouth of the president of the united States that continues to add insult to injury. Reporter: This family sitting outside at night to stay cool says they've been without power since before MARIA when hurricane Irma braised the island. The people inside the country and municipalities need help. Emergency help from FEMA. Reporter: Three weeks after MARIA hit just 17% of the island has power. Downed power poles, common sites. Only 64% of Puerto Rico has access to wear and the death toll now stands at 45 and that number could grow. How do you feel? We checked in on the Vasquez family. Elizabeth from New York taking care of her elderly parents suffering without power. Supplies are scarce. All they have left, corn pops and crackers. Do you feel like you've been abandoned? 400%. 400%? Reporter: She tells us her parents can't take it anymore and wants to move them in with family in New Jersey for good as soon as she can afford plane tickets. Some help on the way. This effort to install solar panels at a fire station has a-list support and backing. Leonardo Dicaprio and mark Ruffalo helped coordinate. Much of San Juan waking up without power today. Paul Ryan is scheduled to visit today with a small delegation after the house approved a bill that would provide $36.5 billion in much needed aid. George. Okay, Victor, thanks. New developments in the

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