San Juan Mayor Responds to Donald Trump's Twitter Attack

Sergio Conner
October 1, 2017

He screenshotted tweets in Spanish that were critical of the president, writing: 'San Juan, PR Mayor has been hating on @realDonaldTrump long before he was our President.

"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", Trump tweeted.

Trump, who is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico and possibly the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday, has come under increasing criticism for his administration's response to Maria.

The President also tweeted on Saturday: "Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.' Not fair to FR or effort!"

Cruz took to twitter Saturday after Trump made his remarks.

Following Trump's tweets, photos of Cruz, wading in floodwaters up to her waist and holding a megaphone, went viral. "This is the time to show our 'true colors, '" she said, posting pictures of Puerto Ricans helping others. "We can not be distracted by anything else".

"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy", Cruz said on Friday during a news conference. Cruz has been sleeping in a shelter as her house was also destroyed in the hurricane.

In an interview with CNN Friday, Cruz seemed astonished by Duke's comments.

"Maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story". She drew a sharp rebuke from the city's mayor for saying Thursday that the federal relief effort is "a good news story". "When you have to pull people down from their buildings - I'm sorry, but that really upsets and frustrates me". "It's a life or death story".

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"I am done being polite". "I am not going to be distracted by small comments, by politics, by petty issues". "I am mad as hell".

Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far.

Maria, the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, wiped out the power and communications systems, making it hard to get food, water and fuel around the island. Government officials have reported at least 16 deaths.

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 USA territory.

In remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, Trump also defended his administration's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

More troops, medical supplies and vehicles were on the way to the island, but it will be some time before the US territory is back on its feet, the senior USA general appointed to lead military relief operations said on Friday.

The items - water, medical supplies, canned goods - are being sent to a warehouse on Pacific Avenue, where they are expected to ship out this morning, headed for Puerto Rico.

Trump launched his personal attack on Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz via a morning tweetstorm from his golf resort at Bedminster, N.J., where he is spending the weekend. "We've undertaken a massive federal mobilization to assist Puerto Rico".

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