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Puerto Ricans in North Texas Outraged by President Trump's Tweets

Puerto Ricans in North Texas Outraged by President Trump's Tweets”

Trump spent the better part of Saturday defending his administration's response to Hurricane Maria and attacking Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan.

The Trump administration appointed three-star Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, who headed to Puerto Rico on Thursday, to run military operations.

The Trump administration has repeatedly lauded the federal government's response to Maria, despite criticism from some that the administration has not been as engaged in the recovery efforts to this storm as he was for the recent hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida. "I know there's a tendency for fatigue because we've just been through two hurricanes".

At a time of crisis for more than 3 million Americans living in Puerto Rico, their President chose to pick a fight with a local official due to her frustration with the recovery efforts. "The loss of life, it's always tragic but it's been incredible, the results we've had with respect to loss of life". But on Wednesday, an army veteran told NPR that Puerto Rico needs 50,000.

What the Congress has done, what the president of the United States has done, what the judicial system has done, is they have unveiled to everyone, the worldwide community and everyone in Puerto Rico, that we are a colony of the United States.

Duke tried, too, to move on from the remarks she made a day earlier in which she called the federal relief effort a "good-news story".

Thousands more Puerto Ricans got water and rationed food Friday as an aid bottleneck began to ease.

Trump has said he's doing everything possible to help the "great people of PR!" and has pledged to spare no effort to help the island recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath.

Cruz told MSNBC that she would be "very glad" to meet with Trump.

Who would have ever thought we'd find ourselves here. A number of correspondents are on the ground in Puerto Rico - including Anderson Cooper and Bill Weir - documenting the situation firsthand.

According to a US army spokesperson, as of Friday, the Army had over 4,900 soldiers and Army Corps of Engineers civilian personnel in Puerto and the US Virgin Islands, also affected by the hurricane.

Trump has said that the results of the US recovery effort in Puerto Rico will "speak much louder than complaints" by Mayor Cruz, and has said that he will be on the ground there on Tuesday. Please stop tweeting & golfing while people are dying!



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