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Trump slams Puerto Rican mayor, says islanders 'want everything done for them'

Trump slams Puerto Rican mayor, says islanders 'want everything done for them'”

President Donald Trump says his administration has "done a great job with the nearly impossible situation in Puerto Rico" after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

Several Puerto Ricans contacted by CNN stood up for San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who apparently provoked the Trump tweet with a call for more aid, and many said the Puerto Rican community at home and overseas is already working together.

“The bottom line is at least for the first week and a half the effort has been slow-footed, disorganized, and not adequate, ” said Sen. "We serve in the military". "Puerto Rico was totally destroyed".

Speaking from San Juan, Renee Acosta said, "If he's not here, he shouldn't be criticizing the community efforts". "Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path". Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates. people are now starting to recognize the unbelievable work” done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the military, the president tweeted.

She then appeared in a T-shirt that said "Help us, we're dying" for a CNN television interview.

"I think it's unfair to say we haven't done everything we can because we have done everything that we can and will continue to do so", Mulvaney said. "I wasn't saying anything nasty about the president". "Let us not talk about the cost of reconstruction".

After Trump's tweets, Cruz said on MSNBC she wasn't "saying anything nasty" about him.

"It's unfortunate that the Puerto Rico mayor wants to, excuse me the San Juan mayor, wants to sort of go against the grain", he said, adding that Yulín Cruz should visit the FEMA command center on the island.

In a separate interview on the same program, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney defended Trump's tweets and said he interpreted them as Trump trying to impress upon the public how hard the storm relief efforts were.

He characterized the president as “speaking from his fancy golf club, playing golf with his billionaire friends, attacking the mayor of San Juan, who is struggling” to bring electricity, food, water and gas to the island. "Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!" She says all she did "was ask for help".

"He is looking for excuses for things not going well", she said.

“Oh, I believe the Puerto Ricans are pulling their weight. "She has said that the resources are there but the issue has been the excessive time consumed in logistics". "I mean, the mayor is reacting to a very chaotic situation in Puerto Rico". Unless you're here you don't really know what's going on. "I guess he likes to play this Twitter game". An estimated 10,000 people remain in shelters, he said. "There's no time for that".

"The President and I will not be fully satisfied, however, until every Puerto Rican is back home, the power is back on, clean water is fully available, schools and hospitals are fully open, and the Puerto Rican economy is working", said Duke.

Gonzalez added that Trump "didn't say those comments for the people of Florida or Texas and we are as American as those people".

The U.S. business community was rallying to donate cash, with more than $24 million donated to relief charities as of Friday, said Marc DeCourcey of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. "But now he's blaming the victim".

Mr Trump is scheduled to spend an hour checking in by phone with Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, and other local officials.



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