San Juan Mayor Gets Emotional Blasting Trump Admin

Jerome Frank
October 1, 2017

RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 27, 2017: Heydee Perez, age 29, and her son, Yenel Calera, age 4 have not received any aid one week after Hurricane Maria. And that's exactly what the commander in chief did early Saturday morning, hours after the mayor of the island's capital city, San Juan demanded more help from the federal government.

The tweets amounted to a biting response to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who had accused the Trump administration of "killing us with the inefficiency" after Hurricane Maria.

"Actually, I was asking for help - I wasn't saying anything nasty about the president", Cruz said. "We are dying here". In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc along the East Coast in 2012, New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, praised Democratic President Barack Obama for his personal attention and compassion. "They were at their life's end prior to the hurricanes", Trump told reporters.

Following Trump's tweets, photos of Cruz, wading in floodwaters up to her waist and holding a megaphone, went viral.

In a series of tweets, Trump said that Puerto Rican officials showed "poor leadership ability" and "want everything to be done for them".

At least 16 people died and almost all its people were left without power and most without water.

"Puerto Rico was totally destroyed".

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"The command has to come from Washington, D.C., from the commander-in-chief, and I would hope that as he likes to talk about the fire and the fury of the armed forces of the United States, that he bring them to Puerto Rico", said the congressman. The hurricanes crippled the island's already weakened waste and water treatment plants while fallen trees and strewn debris block roads and cellphone service remains limited.

Some lawmakers have been critical of the speed and scope of the response, especially considering warnings that the island, populated with over 3 million federal taxpaying conditional US citizens, would take a direct hit from the storm.

As most of the island's 3.4 million residents faced a 10th day without power and struggled to find fuel and clean water, Cruz bristled at Duke's comment.

"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said.

"This is, damn it, this is not a good news story", Mayor YulÃn Cruz said. The National Guard expects that 1,400 guard forces will head to Puerto Rico over the next four days.

The President added, "I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania".

At a news conference, Rossello declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which he said he had not seen.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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