WASHINGTON (CBS) Hurricane Maria was the third strongest storm to ever make landfall in the U.S. and its neighboring territories seven days later. The mayor of San Juan says basic necessities like food and water are scarce and there is no gasoline to run hospital life support systems.
"This is the time for action. Let's not talk about the debt, the freaking debt," San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said.
Monday night, President Trump tweeted Texas and Florida are doing great by Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure and massive debt is in deep trouble.
Tuesday at the White House, the president was briefed by Puerto Rico's governor, who says he's confident the president understands the magnitude of the situation.
Earlier Tuesday, President Trump agreed to boost federal disaster aid to Puerto Rico and he's planning to visit the island next week to get a firsthand look at the devastation.
FEMA officials say more staff is on the way to the U.S. territory, adding to the nearly 300 FEMA agents and more than 2,300 National Guard personnel currently on the ground.
Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are getting impatient with the response.
"My concern is based on the behavior of our commander in chief, Donald Trump, and the tweets that he put out, that he doesn't grasp the severity of the crisis in Puerto Rico. This is catastrophic," said Rep Nydia Velazquez, D-New York.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says the federal government's response will not be conventional.
"It's too big of a storm and the logistical challenges of getting things into restore power will require kind of a different approach," said Rubio, R-Florida.
Access to the island has proven to be a major obstacle as only a handful of flights are able to get in and out of Puerto Rico's main airport.