Friday, 15 December, 2017

Puerto Rico: Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham
Christy Curtis | 01 October, 2017, 01:49

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz had criticized Trump's administration and begged for more help, pleas that received widespread television coverage in the mainland United States.

"The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an awesome job".

This morning, Trump wrote a series of Tweets attacking the mayor, writing that Cruz must have been instructed by Democrats to be "nasty" to him.

Singer Rihanna criticized President Donald Trump's response to Hurricane Maria's devastating impact on Puerto Rico in a tweet on Thursday.

'They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort'.

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said the waiver will be in effect for 10 days and will cover all products being shipped to Puerto Rico, according to a release from the department.

"I have not seen any federal help around here", Javier San Miguel, a 51-year-old accountant, said.

"And I'm really sorry, but when you have people out there dying, literally". Trump's latest missive could further inflame sentiment after he had earlier weighed in on the emerging fight over how to finance the already debt-stricken territory's recovery - comments that were viewed as premature and distasteful by some.

Seven lawmakers led by Representative Nydia Velazquez of NY had urged Trump to waive the restrictions for a year in order to speed delivery of critically needed supplies to devastated Puerto Rico's 3.5 million residents.

He also said he would visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday with the First Lady, Melania.

San Juan's Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, left, hugs a woman during her visit to a nursing home in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 22. "This is a 'people are dying" story.

The 500 National Guard troops will help with logistics to get food, water, and other supplies from the island's port distributed to the people, Christie said.

Donald Trump has lashed out at Puerto Rico politicians over their criticism of USA relief efforts on the island following Hurricane Maria.

"Maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story".

"She has been working 24/7". Puerto Rico was totally destroyed'.

"The closest thing we've had is when the Army Corps led the effort to restore Iraq's electricity in the early stages of the Iraq war in 2003 and 2004", he said.

'It's a tough situation, ' Trump said.

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