Trump Hurricane Flack Gets Torched by San Juan Mayor

Trump Hurricane Flack Gets Torched by San Juan Mayor”

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city in a war of words over recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria smashed into the USA territory.

Trump's acting homeland security secretary, Elaine Duke, visited the island Friday, surveying the ravaged landscape by helicopter in an hourlong tour, driving past still-flooded streets, twisted billboards and roofs with gaping holes, and offering encouragement to some of the 10,000 emergency personnel she says the US government has on the ground. "The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an incredible job".

Trump also says the mayor was "very complimentary only a few days ago", but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

He responded to the mayor's criticisms by citing her "poor leadership ability", and also took aim at other officials in the United States territory who he said had not been able to "get their workers to help".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. Much of the island is still unreachable by aide workers due to damaged infrastructure, and horrific stories of shortages of clean water, food and electricity are still streaming out of the island more than a week following the storm's landfall.

"I am begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying", Carmen Yulin Cruz said into the cameras. "Mr. Trump, we appreciate everything you're doing, and we know it can be done faster", she said on CNN.

"Dammit, this is not a good news story". When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story.

"This is - Damnit, this is not a good news story", the mayor said, adding: "It is not a good news story when people are dying when they don't have dialysis, and when their generators aren't working and their oxygen is not providing for them". When you have to pull people - I'm sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me.

The mayor also said she had a "message" for Trump, asking him to "step up" relief efforts for the "entire island of Puerto Rico", not just the capital of San Juan.

Puerto Rico, home to more than 3 million USA citizens, has had limited food, bottled water and medical supplies since Hurricane Maria struck nine days ago.

Yesterday's news cycle was not very kind to how the White House has thus far dealt with the emerging humanitarian disaster as news outlets turned their focus on this developing story (especially CNN who appear to have gone all in on it.) And to make matters worse for the Trump administration, the Washington Post published a damning account that specifically blames the hampered recovery efforts in Puerto Rico on Trump's long weekend golfing in Bedminster.

Duke arrived in Puerto Rico on Friday for a previously scheduled trip, joining Governor Ricardo Rossello for an aerial tour of the island. This is - this is not a good news story. "This is a massive undertaking, one that I don't think that we've ever undertaken before, in terms of this magnitude".

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