Puerto Rico Mayor Criticizes Trump for Mediocre Disaster Response

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Mayor Cruz made this impassioned plea for help - "We are dying", she told the media and the world.

"This is, dammit, this is not a good news story", Ms. Cruz said on CNN.

"So I am done being polite".

The president is responding by citing what he calls "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". She said Puerto Rico's relationship with the USA mainland is important - but the island should be wary of becoming too dependent.

NY emergency workers have spent the past week in Puerto Rico rebuilding infrastructure, delivering resources to families and aiding volunteers after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island and left most of its 3.4 million residents without basic necessities. Trump rebuked her, saying Puerto Ricans wanted everything done for them, and that Cruz showed "poor leadership ability".

"Politics is a rough game, and sometimes as females we are taught that you have to play nice", she once said in an interview.

"The tweets this morning are despicable, are deplorable, are not statesman-like at all", said NY city council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat who was born in Puerto Rico.

"And if it doesn't stop, and if we don't get the food and the water into people's hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide".

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.


The Financial Oversight and Management Board, named in August to resolve the island's debt and economic crisis, said in a statement that Puerto Rico needs money to address the immediate humanitarian crisis as well as rebuild its destroyed infrastructure.

Volunteers prepare supplies for those affected by Hurricane Maria in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

Trump returned to his resort in Bedminster this weekend, but is slated to have several phone calls today on relief efforts in Puerto Rico and neighboring areas.

To the people of Puerto Rico: "Do not believe the #FakeNews!".

"This is what we got last night: four pallets of water, three pallets of meals and 12 pallets of infant food - which I gave them to the people of Comerio, where people are drinking off a creek", she said, reported by NBC news.

Almost all of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents are without power, and many without cell service, food, or water.

President Trump has been weirdly sunny in his outlook, telling reporters on Friday that "it's been incredible, the results we've had with respect to loss of life".

"I often say to my friends that I felt too Puerto Rican to live in the States; then I felt too American to live in Puerto Rico", she said. Almost everyone on the island was left without power and most are without water.

Ms Cruz declined to engage in the tit-for-tat, instead calling for a united focus on the people who need help. A woman with diabetes said a lack of refrigeration had spoiled her insulin.

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