Donald Trump has slammed the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital and claimed those on the island 'want everything done for them' after Hurricane Maria.

US President Donald Trump is lashing out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city in a war of words over recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria smashed into the US territory.

Mr Trump has written a series of tweets criticising San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for attacking the Trump administration's hurricane response, said news.com.au.

The major has accused his administration of "killing us with the inefficiency."

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The president is responding by citing what he calls "such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help."

Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Photo / AP
Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Photo / AP

Mr Trump said "they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job."

He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job."

Mr Trump also says the mayor was "very complimentary only a few days ago," but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump."

He claimed that 'Fake News Networks' were disparaging first responders "as a way to get Trump".

Ms Cruz rejects that view and she's pressing Mr Trump to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives."

Thousands more Puerto Ricans have been getting water and rationed food as an aid bottleneck began to ease. But many remain desperate for water and other necessities.

CELEBS SLAM TRUMP'S PUERTO RICO TWEETS

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda declared Mr Trump is going "straight to hell" in a fuming salvo responding to Mr Trump's criticisms of Puerto Rican officials.

"You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you," Manuel tweeted.

"Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path."

Miranda was born in New York but his family is Puerto Rican. He is set to release a song on October 6 that he wrote to raise money for the island.

John Legend tweeted that Mr Trump "continues to dominate the s**ttiest president ever competition."

Lady Gaga also weighed in on Mr Trump's tweets.

"I think it's clear where the 'poor leadership' lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This is our responsibility," she wrote. "Oh I see @realDonaldTrump you're not helping PR because of the electoral votes u need to be re-elected #Florida=29 #Texas=38 #PuertoRico=0"

Comedian Rob Delaney, meanwhile, tweeted, "You literally sent this from a golf course you fat bigot."