But after Maria struck Puerto Rico, the local mobile phone operator of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim proved more reliable than some U.S. competitors during the early days of the communications outage across the island of 3.4 million people. But the main problem now is distribution. About 42 percent of the island has access to wired or wireless service, according to the governor's office.
As those in the mountains remained without help, trapped by landslides and destroyed roads, Trump spoke not of the humanitarian crisis at hand, but of the "fantastic job" those around him have done. A cell tower may contain multiple cell sites for different wireless providers.
As reports emerged that some Puerto Rico residents were forced to eat dog food in a medical clinic, while others were rationing water, Trump on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) sat in a plane hangar, heaped praise on himself and his team, and sought affirmation from federal and local leaders. But they soon began to recover, after White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney took steps to reassure the markets. The federal government also has had to respond to hurricane damage on the Virgin Islands, as well as across the continental United States.
On approach to the airport, Air Force One descended over a landscape marked by mangled palm trees, metal debris strewn near homes and patches of stripped trees, yet with less devastation evident than farther from San Juan. "You know, I say we got an A+ in Texas, we got an A+ in Florida, and we may have done our best work here but it hasn't been appreciated, but actually, you see over the last couple of days people are seeing what we've done", said Mr. Trump.
Visiting with locals at a church, Pence invited his wife, Karen, the family "prayer captain", to lead the congregation in prayer.
When Papali didn't hear from his parents for a week after the hurricane, he booked a flight to the island, rented a vehicle and made his way to Punta Santiago, an hour from San Juan, where his family resides.
Mexico had initially planned to send material aid to the USA after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August.
As for Maria, Sanchez said: "It was a whipping that we received". As for Katrina, as many as 1,800 people died in 2005 when levees protecting New Orleans broke, a toll in lives and property that took years to understand. And his suggestions last week that Puerto Ricans were waiting for help rather than taking steps to fix the damage themselves left the impression he was criticizing Latino Americans.
The case is In re Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 17-03283, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico (San Juan). "Go inside the country, like where I live", Burgos told Pence, who listened intently along with his wife, Karen Pence.
"I'm no stranger to big disasters and this one is extraordinary", Cisneros said. "Just gone", he said. Anyone trying to lessen or invalidate Puerto Rico's bad condition should be corrected. "We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", she said, directing her statements to the USA government. They hugged and then the vice president walked to another table. He said he saw people having to drink rainwater and store lines that stretched around the block with customers only allowed to buy two items at a time.
Before leaving Washington, he said Puerto Ricans who have called the federal response insufficient "have to give us more help".