Trump Attacks San Juan Mayor Who Criticized Hurricane Response

Lester Mason
October 2, 2017

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

Trump, who was spending the weekend at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, fired off a series of angry tweets early on Saturday complaining that media coverage of the suffering was unfair, and took aim at the mayor of San Juan, the island's largest city.

"I am asking the president of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives". "I haven't heard what she said", he told reporters.

Ms Cruz said in an emotional news conference: "We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency".

At a news conference, Rossello declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which he said he had not seen. “Too little, too late!”.

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".

The Category Five hurricane knocked out power, cut off running water and killed at least 16 people so far on the island, home to 3.4 million Americans, when it struck a week ago.

Trump then went on to slam Puerto Rico in general saying residents want everything to be done for them. "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", Trump said.

Because first responders usually live in the community affected by a disaster, Townsend said part of the issue is that they face challenges of their own.

In times of disasters, leaders often shelve partisan differences.

“When the president gets attack, he attacks back, ” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, who adding that the mayors comments were “unfair, given what the federal government has done.”.

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", the President wrote on Twitter. "It is unspeakable. And I don't know what world Trump is living in". "I have to say that the administration has responded to our petitions".

Trump said he will travel to the island on Tuesday. Only nine hospitals have electricity without a generator, according to Rossello. Stores are also opening, with almost half of grocery and big box stores, and more than 60 per cent of retail gas stations open for business. He said telecommunications are available to about one-third of the island.

Puerto Ricans have defended Cruz. "Let me clarify", she said Friday upon her arrival in San Juan.

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".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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