Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor over Maria response

Posted October 03, 2017

She also said she would meet with Trump if he asked her to when he visits the island on Tuesday.

Administration officials have followed Trump's push for optimistic messaging.

He continued: "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".

The president also hashtagged his tweets with #PRStrong and a Puerto Rican.

Marta Sostre Vazquez wades into the San Lorenzo Morovis River with her family in Morovis, Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

. "Please step up and help!"

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says Cruz's comments were "unfair" and that "when the president gets attacked, he attacks back".

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According to Puerto Rico's governor, more than 50 percent of gas operators are now up and running, as well as most hospitals. It's been compared to the bungled federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 under President George W. Bush.

"I know it's been devastating".

Sanders is also suggesting that Trump may care less about helping the people of Puerto Rico due to their race.

The Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani echoed many A-listers' thoughts with his Twitter comment that "He (Trump) would never talk this way about a predominantly white community", while John Legend concluded, "Trump continues to dominate the sh**tiest president ever competition".

"We are dying here, and I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island", she said, adding: "(If) we don't get the food and water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide.

Cruz issued a "mayday call" for help, stressing "we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy".

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"As tone deaf as George Bush's response to Katrina was", Mr. Himes said, "I don't think he would have attacked the mayor from the comfort of a luxury golf club".

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-4th, said that Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for the harsh words about Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. "I don't have a auto and I need the transportation", said bus passenger Wilson Rivera.

The administration has come under fire from critics who say it is failing to help the island as a majority of its 3.4 million residents struggle with widespread power outages, collapsed infrastructure and ongoing shortages of water and supplies in Hurricane Maria's wake.

"Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates", Trump tweeted, "people are now starting to recognize the wonderful work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military".

After going days without mentioning Puerto Rico following Maria, however, administration officials have attempted to play catchup, holding numerous press conferences to describe their relief efforts; Trump now manages to get in a mention of Puerto Rico at almost every public event.

He further said that the results of recovery efforts would speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. "We are with you and Puerto Rico".

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