The island is still grappling with the damage caused by the storm.
"I appreciate your support and I know you appreciate our support", Trump said. Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert partnered with comedian Nick Kroll for their awkward picture challenge.
During the weekend that followed, while the island was totally in the dark and crying for help, Trump wrote 17 tweets about his claim that NFL athletes who refuse to kneel during the national anthem are disrespecting the flag.
Mr Trump was criticised in Mexico for the time he took to offer condolences to his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, over the first quake, which killed at least 98 people. Sixty-five percent of grocery stores are currently in operation and less than one-fifth of Puerto Rico's cellular towers are working. After leaving a deadly trail of destruction on a string of smaller Caribbean islands, Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico's southeast coast around daybreak, packing winds of around 150mph (240kph).
"I'm in San Juan so I can't even begin to imagine what the conditions are in the center of the island", says Nevares.
Known deaths from Maria in Puerto Rico stand at 34, The Associated Press reported.
"First of all, what I told the president is that this is about saving lives, this is not about politics", she told the Miami reporter.
"The top priority for the federal government is certainly to protect the lives and the safety of those in affected areas and provide life-sustaining services as we work together to rebuild their lives", she said.
"This terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it really does not embody the spirit of the American nation", she said in another interview with MSNBC. POTUS continued with "16 people versus in the thousands". One of the expressions that the president used to describe me...
"You can be very proud", he told Rossello. Among Democrats, 30 percent approve of how Trump is handling the situations in Florida and Texas while just 11 percent approve of how he's handling the situation in Puerto Rico.