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Donald Trump to Puerto Rico After Slamming Mayor

Donald Trump to Puerto Rico After Slamming Mayor”

Additionally, he accused Cruz of "poor leadership" and wrote that "they want everything to be done for them".

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years. "I do reiterate that the only way for this to work is if we have collaboration". While nasty is a common word in other contexts, coming from Trump's mouth, it's hard not to reflect back to when he popularized its use during last year's final presidential debate. His administration has tried in recent days to combat the perception that he failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria's destruction and has given the US commonwealth less attention than he'd bestowed on states hit by Harvey and Irma.

"Whenever there is a disaster that impacts an area to the degree that this one has, then yes, people's lives are going to be in danger", said Dr. James Lapkoff, an emergency room doctor in Waynesville, North Carolina, who was part of the HHS team dispatched to Puerto Rico.

While increasing amounts of water, food and medicine has been arriving on the island of 3.4 million people as a distribution bottleneck eases, many - particularly in remote and mountainous areas - remain desperate for water and other necessities.

Trump said Puerto Rico is "totally unable" to handle the catastrophe on its own.

Cruz also called out FEMA, saying, "I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long". A photograph of the mayor, chest-deep in fetid water as she used a bullhorn to call out to victims, was all over social media - as were images of Mr. Trump hitting golf balls.

Army Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan said Friday that the Pentagon provided 10,000 people to help, and more would be sent soon.

"The goal is one: saving lives", Mayor Cruz wrote.

Bill Weir gave money to a tearful woman.

Today, he's harshly and unfairly attacking the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, because she dared suggest her island isn't getting the federal help it needs more than a week after devastating Hurricane Maria flattened it.

Even worse than that, the mayor of this town of 43,000 told the crisis co-ordination centre 25 miles away in the capital, San Juan, there was no water - he had been forced to drain his municipal swimming pool in order that his people could wash, bathe and flush their toilets. Although unsurprising and quite predictable, it is pathetic that the President has made a decision to attack - with the not so subtle veil of racism and sexism - those desperately begging for his help in their hour of need. Trump said "much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars...owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with". "It's been wiped out".

Rossello has not been critical of the federal government's recovery efforts and has praised the Trump administration, saying it has "responded to our petitions". The president asserted that USA officials and emergency personnel were working against daunting odds, and seeing "incredible" results.

"There is a double standard of how Puerto Ricans are being treated", she said, calling the Trump administration's response to the hurricane "deplorable". "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job", he posted. "And I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation of the world can not figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long", she said in a press conference, The Washington Post reported.

"Well, maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story", Cruz said. "This is a 'people are dying" story.



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