Trump slams mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico over hurricane relief effort

Angelo Anderson
October 1, 2017

Trump said San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz had been "told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

The mayor of Puerto Rico's largest city, San Juan, criticized Trump on Saturday, after begging for additional federal assistance, and contrasted the administration's response with that of Goya, an American foods producer, which donated 200,000 pounds of food.

In a passionate address during which her voice cracked with rage, the mayor told the president to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives".

Trump was scheduled to speak by telephone to the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, and other officials from the region on Saturday.

He added that FEMA employees have been forced to rebuild numerous most basic services in Puerto Rico, far beyond the demands that are typical in a disaster area.

Trump also spoke with Kenneth Mapp, the governor of the US Virgin Islands - also hard-hit by Hurricane Maria - and Federal Emergency Management Administrator head Brock Long, who briefed him "on the progress of current response and recovery operations and provided details about the situation on the ground".

Sanders says that, due to some of Trump's past comments, he thinks "we have a right to be suspect that he is treating the people of Puerto Rico in a different way than he has treated the people of Texas or Florida".

Maria, the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, has destroyed roads, making it hard to get food, water and fuel around the island.

"Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump, '" he tweeted.

"We have done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico", Trump wrote on Sunday.

Asked why it took so long to get the general in place, Townsend said, "My understanding from the White House is, that three-star general has been in place literally from the beginning, but he was managing sort of his role from the mainland USA and I think the sort of adjustment here has been they're going to send him down there to understand better on the ground what the requirements are".

We can't all be Pitbull, who sent his private plane to Puerto Rico to transport cancer patients to the mainland for care. After Maria made landfall more than a week ago, the island has been facing a humanitarian crisis as many of its 3.4 million people remain without power and water. Because Puerto Rico isn't a US state, it doesn't have representatives in the US Congress, and doesn't vote in the presidential elections. "Let me clarify", she said Friday upon her arrival in San Juan. It's been compared to the bungled federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 under President George W. Bush. Miranda fought back with, "She has been working 24/7". Emphasizing the difficulty of the task of rebuilding devastated areas, Trump noted that the USA territory is "an island surrounded by water".

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