The situation in post-hurricane Puerto Rico is dire. The island is still mostly without power, cell service, and in some areas, water. Houses and apartment buildings have lost roofs and walls. Roads are blocked by debris, and officials who've traveled above the island via helicopter say Puerto Rico is a "completely different color," thanks to all the downed and destroyed trees.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, freeing up federal funds, but has faced criticism for saying little about the devastation on the island until last night, instead spending the weekend and much of yesterday tweeting about NFL players' protests during the national anthem.

Puerto Rico is a US territory, and home to 3.5 million American citizens. So far, at least 10 people have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and survivors are experiencing "apocalyptic" devastation, according to officials. It's still difficult to assess the scope of the damage, since power and communications are limited, and many Americans on the mainland are still having trouble getting in contact with loved ones on the island. Thousands are languishing at Puerto Rico's main airport in hopes of making it to the States.

And though FEMA has sent 10,000 federal forces and supplies from the mainland, Trump's reticence is notable. Though he kept Americans abreast of the situations in Florida and Texas before and after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey hit, his only tweets about Puerto Rico came five days after Hurricane Maria hit, and appeared to criticize the island for its debt burden and crumbling infrastructure:

Former Trump challenger Hillary Clinton addressed Trump's lack of response to Puerto Rico on TV and radio yesterday. "I’m not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens," she told Sirius XM host Zerlina Maxwell. On All In With Chris Hayes, Clinton told Hayes, "He doesn’t think that has any political relevance and it’s certainly not personally important. He clearly doesn’t want to talk about Puerto Rico, more than 3.5 million American citizens, along with the U.S. Virgin Islands. Not interested, doesn’t say a word about it."

Today Trump announced that he will travel to Puerto Rico next Tuesday to survey the damage, calling the island, "literally destroyed" and noting its residents "are important to all of us." He also shared the following description of Puerto Rico:

But Trump also declined to waive the Jones Act, a federal statute that mandates only U.S.-owned, made and staffed ships conduct domestic shipping, for Puerto Rico, even though the Department of Homeland Security suspended it for both the island and parts of the mainland ahead of Hurricane Irma. Puerto Rico, whose per capita income isn't even half of that of the mainland's poorest state (Mississippi), has long suffered thanks to the burdens placed on the territory by the Jones Act, and its effects are all the more felt in the midst of this crisis. NY Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez has led an effort asking the White House to waive the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico, though yesterday the Trump administration said it would stay in place:

It's not just the president who's been called out for his response to the crisis in Puerto Rico. A piece in the Columbia Journalist Review today criticized the mainstream media for failing to adequately cover the situation on the island, noting that the five major Sunday news programs collectively spent less than one minute on Puerto Rico, though the major networks did focus more attention on the crisis last night. "Media coverage drives attention and resources, and millions of Americans are suffering without power, shelter, or basic supplies," CJR staff writer Pete Vernon reported. "With Trump’s NFL comments and the healthcare debate receiving lots of attention, reports from Puerto Rico, as well as the hard-hit US Virgin Islands, haven’t broken through the noise."

Meanwhile, in New York Governor Cuomo has launched a statewide initiative aiming to help direct donations, volunteers, and supplies to Puerto Rico. The City of New York has set up drop-off locations in all five boroughs for select supplies:

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city should also expect an influx of Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation on the island, and is working on setting up services for new arrivals. "There’s no way yet to know what the number may be. But I think it’s absolutely right to assume that there will be a substantial number of Puerto Rican families coming here because they have family ties here and places hopefully they can stay," he told reporters yesterday. "I would be surprised if that was less than the thousands."