The White House projected confidence Thursday in its response to Puerto Rico, even as pictures of the devastation -- impassable roads and long lines for fuel, water and food -- continued to play out on TV screens across the country.
Eight days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, nearly half the population still does not have access to potable water and huge numbers of people are struggling to get access to fuel to power generators, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The dire situation has led to rising frustration on the island and in Washington, where local officials, disaster relief experts and members of Congress, including Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, aired open criticism or at least calls for a course-correction on Thursday.
"What I will tell you is that we are mobilizing and marshaling the resources of the United States of America in a way that is absolutely professional, fast, and adequate to meet the needs," Bossert said alongside Duke.
Still, Duke's suggestion that the federal response was a "good news story" struck some as tone deaf and reflected the perils of the Trump administration's attempts to reassure Americans that the federal government is responding appropriately to the unfolding crisis.
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