The White House has a plan to 'turn the corner' on its Puerto Rico public messaging situation

Trump on his way to New Jersey
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President Trump spent the weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, and in between telephone briefings on the situations in Puerto Rico and North Korea and, apparently, a round of golf, Trump was active on Twitter, alternating praise for his government's efforts to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and attacking San Juan's mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, as ungrateful and "nasty."

Trump is said to be frustrated by the TV reports from Puerto Rico showing the dire situation on the ground with suggestions that federal mismanagement is hindering relief efforts. On Sunday, Axios released a leaked internal memo from Trump's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, with a plan to "turn the corner on our public communications" regarding Puerto Rico, with proposed "themes" for the weekend and upcoming week. This weekend's "general theme" was "supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter, and emergency medical care," Bossert suggested, adding:

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