Trump Slams Mayor Who Criticized Hurricane Response

Puerto Rico officials 'want everything to be done for them'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2017 9:13 AM CDT
Shipping containers and trucks are seen in the port of San Juan in this aerial photo in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – President Trump lashed out early Saturday at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and other Puerto Rican officials who have criticized relief efforts on the hurricane-ravaged island. "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," he tweeted. He added: "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. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort." Cruz appeared on CNN Friday to push back against acting Homeland Security chief Elaine Duke's statement that relief efforts were "a good news story."

Cruz accused the administration of "killing us with the inefficiency" on the island, where more aid is now arriving but many are still lacking necessities including water, the AP reports. "We're dying here," Cruz said, per the New York Times. "We truly are dying here. And I keep saying it, SOS, If anyone can hear us, if Mr. Trump can hear us, let’s just get it over with and get the ball rolling." In other tweets Saturday, Trump praised the "amazing" job federal workers are doing in "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico, which he plans to visit on Tuesday. "The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's," he wrote. "Shame!" (Read more Puerto Rico stories.)

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