Trump blasts Puerto Rican mayor for 'poor leadership' in hurricane relief crisis

Marsha Scott
October 3, 2017

Cruz lived on the USA mainland for more than a decade, attending school at Boston University and Carnegie Mellon University, before getting involved in politics in Puerto Rico. "No long lines for you", Manuel tweeted.

When pressed, Rossello said he did not interpret Trump's tweets as a slight to Puerto Rico's people. "You have been GOLFING", Miranda added in a follow-up tweet. "10,000 Federal workers now on island doing a fantastic job", Trump tweeted.

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.

The president is headed to the island on Tuesday to survey the damage.

Cruz said in several TV interviews that the lack of an efficient response by the U.S. military and government was going to cost people's lives.

"She has been invited to FEMA command center several times to see operations and be part of efforts but so far has refused to come, maybe too busy doing TV?" the spokesperson said. "We've undertaken a massive federal mobilization to assist Puerto Rico". I'm not surprised by the show she is putting on'.

"The President's latest comments regarding the Mayor of San Juan are uncalled for", he said in a statement.

Miranda, a playwright and actor who created and starred in "Hamilton", is the son of Luis A. Miranda, Jr., who moved to NY from Puerto Rico when he was 17.

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Trump is out with a series of tweets criticizing San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for criticizing the Trump administration's hurricane response.

The US President has slammed the San Juan Mayor.

"People on the ground have the best information, so the mayor and the governor know the best what their own constituents are dealing with and you have to defer to them", Townsend said.

But critics have accused Trump of showing more concern for the people of Texas and Florida, whose lives were also upended by major hurricanes this season.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said Friday that "clearly, the situation here in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane is not satisfactory, but together we are getting there".

Dammit, this is not a good news story.

The president also claimed residents of Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

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