"We'll be there", Trump told Christian conservatives at an annual gathering known as the Values Voter Summit.
Amidst the tragedy and suffering wrought by Maria in Puerto Rico - and that toll exacted on animals and people is incalculable - there are also extraordinary demonstrations of the power and durability of the human bond with animals.
Hundreds of American Airlines employees were joining forces with a charity group on Thursday to send food to Puerto Rico to help the island recover after Hurricane Maria. Military personnel are still getting food, water and fuel to the people who need it. "We bring supplies in [to the major ports] and we distribute to regional staging areas with FEMA", he said. More than 760,000 people have applied for disaster assistance and FEMA inspectors are still making their way through the region.
Almost four weeks after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, 85 percent of the population is still without electricity, forcing people to get creative - and go old school - as they face an extended period of life in the new dark ages.
On Thursday, the House put its money where its mouth was, voting overwhelmingly to approve a $36.5 billion aid package for hurricane and wildfire-stricken communities across the country, including $1.27 billion in assistance for Puerto Rico. "And yes, Puerto Rico, at some point, will have to continue working on building a fiscally sustainable future".
Orcovis's mayor Colón complains bureaucratic requirements and the lack of coordination between the federal and local agencies in charge of clearing the roads is slowing things down. The territory has bordered on the edge of financial insolvency.
House Speaker Paul Ryan led a bipartisan delegation visiting Puerto Rico on Friday, traveling with House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey and Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the top Democrat on the panel.
Given the scale of the damage, it's no surprise that trash pickup isn't a priority.
The lack of electricity is also complicating another crucial service: running water.
The storm roared ashore on the tiny island as a Category 4 hurricane Sept. 20., swallowing entire towns and knocking out the power grid.
In the meantime, U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico will try to figure out which glass of water doesn't have sewage in it. It was set to expire September 30 but the bill kept the program going until December 8th as Congress debates reforms. Just as it was the case in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. Earlier in the week, we transported 110 dogs and 13 cats to Virginia. For Trump, relishing the suspense he's creating, these will-he-or-won't-he wobbles are expressions of a deeper malice. "My dog is sick and I didn't know how to help", Jayshwau said. Instead of offering a solution, he yet again sarcastically expressed his concern in regards to the downfalls Puerto Rico has caused the United States' economy.
Prior to the storm, patients with a medical marijuana cards could only pick up their prescriptions from the single dispensaries that they were assigned to, but that rule has undergone a temporary change.
"There's a humanitarian crisis that has to be attended to".
Nefertiti's story has a happy ending: Cindy is adopting her, and three of the puppies have been adopted by families in Vieques.