As the mayor of Puerto Rico’s largest city stepped up her criticism of the federal government’s response the post-Hurricane Maria crisis, President Donald Trump rebuked her and those who “want everything done for them.”
San Juan’s Carmen Yulín Cruz appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper Friday night with a shirt reading “Help Us, We Are Dying,” hours after blasting the White House’s characterization of the response to the disaster. The next morning, though, Trump praised the “amazing job” federal workers are doing on the island and belittled Cruz’s comments as being coerced by Democrats.
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” he tweeted Saturday.
“…Such poor leaders ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and other in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They… want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on the island doing a fastic job.”
Cruz painted a grim picture Friday night.
“People are drinking out of creeks here in San Juan,” shetold Cooper. “You have people in buildings and they’re becoming caged in their own buildings — old people, retired people that don’t have any electricity.”
Ten days after Hurricane Maria rammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the US commonwealth is dealing with a humanitarian crisis as millions remain without electricity and water, and limited access to gas and cash. At least 16 people have died as a result of the storm, the government has said.
Already stricken with logistics, communications and supply issues, Puerto Rico is expected to see heavy rain this weekend that could further impede recovery efforts for its 3.4 million residents.
Some areas still remain flooded and now, Puerto Rico is under a flash flood…