Trump criticizes media, San Juan mayor in Puerto Rico tweets

Jeannette Daniel
October 3, 2017

He says San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz was making a plea for help when she criticized Trump for not doing enough.

On Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that some 42 percent of the population of the beleaguered island nation is without drinkable water, and at least 10,000 people are living in 161 shelters.

President Trump called such reports "fake news" throughout the day on Saturday. Trump also claimed she had been provoked by Democrats to "be nasty to Trump".

She also said now is the time to show our "true colors".

Cruz on Friday pushed back on Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke's characterization of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as a "good news story".

Lady Gaga sent a tweet to Trump suggesting a reason why help wasn't arriving as quickly as people hoped. At one point, the president urged Puerto Ricans without food, water or electricity not to "believe the Fake News!" "Dammit, this is not a good news story". "This is a people-are-dying story".

"So I am done being polite", the mayor added, "I am done being politically correct". "I smiled. I really have no time for small politics". "I am mad as hell", she said Friday.

"We truly are dying here".

Trump has repeatedly touted the response effort, suggesting that Puerto Rico's poor infrastructure and "massive debt" is to blame for the United States territory's ongoing crisis.

"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said.

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But he added that more needs to be done: "If Congress doesn't take action with a significant package, then we are looking at a possible humanitarian crisis".

Since Hurricane Maria's landfall, FEMA delivered more than 1.5 million meals and 1.1 million litres of water to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as of September 25th. Cruz hit back at Trump, asserting that he is used to dealing with women who "need to be told what to do".

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-The Associated Press and CNBC's Natalie Daher contributed to this article.

Although Trump's tweets drew a measured response from Cruz herself on Saturday, they stirred a hornet's nest of criticism on social media.

Rossello said the Trump administration has given his government "whatever we ask for" in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. "Quiet down your Twitter and open your heart to the people of Puerto Rico", Gutierrez (pictured below) stated.

"Miranda specifically took up the charge for defending Cruz, who he insisted "[had] been working 24/7" on the ground in Puerto Rico while Trump "[had] been GOLFING".

Still, Cruz, in her CNN appearance, left little doubt that she is looking to the White House for help.

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