Lin-Manuel Miranda's Father Defends the People of Puerto Rico

Marcus Newton
October 2, 2017

But Trump insisted in a series of Twitter messages on Saturday that federal emergency response teams and the USA military, which has sent dozens of ships and some 10,000 troops, were doing a "fantastic" job.

Cities including Newark have said they would be sending officers to the territory, but Christie said these efforts will have to be organized through the state under the order.

"Dammit, this is not a good news story".

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Saturday night, Cruz said she's not a Democrat.

On Saturday, she responded to Trump's tweeted comments, saying, "It's not about politics, it's not about petty comments, it's about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives".

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted a series of statements slamming Cruz for her criticisms of the Trump administration's response in Puerto Rico.

Sanders also said it would be fair for people to wonder if race was a factor in Trump's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico.

The emotional plea of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Friday felt like a turning point, although it was overshadowed in the news by the resignation of President Donald Trump's health secretary, Tom Price.

She ran for San Juan mayor in 2012 against incumbent Jorge Santini and won.

Rossello has been less critical of the federal effort than Cruz.

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Trump's earlier comments questioning who would pay for reconstruction given the territory's massive financial debt were viewed by some as premature and distasteful.

"Poor leadership would be hiding at a country club golfing while fellow Americans are suffering and dying".

Singer-songwriter John Legend retweeted one of Mr Trump's tweets and wrote: "Trump continues to dominate the shittiest president ever competition".

In a report from central Puerto Rico this week, CNN's Leyla Santiago repeatedly emphasized that residents were US citizens.

Since Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory as a Category 4 hurricane earlier this month, much of the island has been devastated - leaving millions of Americans without electricity and water, and limited access to gas and other vital supplies. "We still need to do much more", he said.

"Things don't seem to be getting better", Berkan, a lawyer, said in a text message. At a shelter an hour outside of San Juan, a woman named Josefina Alvarez, who suffers from diabetes, was in a dire situation. As of Friday, there were 4,000 troops with reportedly more on the way. Cruz says that "if he asks to meet with me, of course I would meet with him".

Miranda has been active in his efforts to try to help the hurricane-ravaged island.

Puerto Rico, which earlier this year filed the biggest bankruptcy in US municipal history, is struggling to regain economic stability in the face of a $72 billion debt load and near-insolvent public health and pension systems.

"President Trump pledged his administration's continued commitment to provide an unprecedented federal response in helping the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands".

The insurance industry has begun to tally the damage from Maria, with one modeling company estimating that claims could reach $85 billion.

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