Trump attacks Puerto Rico mayor: ‘They want everything done for them’

Presidents tweet implicates Carmen Yuln Cruz of such bad management however San Juan mayor reacts: Im not going to be sidetracked by little remarks

Donald Trump blasted the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city on Saturday as the row over his administration’s action to a typhoon and humanitarian crisis intensified.

Ahead of his check out to the ravaged United States area next week, the president utilized Twitter to state of Carmen Yuln Cruz: “Such bad management capability by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico, who are unable to obtain their employees to assist”.

He went on: “They desire whatever to be provided for them when it need to be a neighborhood effort. 10,000 Federal employees now on Island doing a wonderful task.”

Trump got a procedure of appreciation for his handling of the current typhoons that struck Texas and Florida however has actually come under fire for a flat-footed reaction in Puerto Rico, where he looked for to protect sluggish relief efforts by stating: “This is an island surrounded by water, huge water, ocean water.” In the previous 10 days he has actually been sidetracked by a vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, an election contest in Alabama, a significant tax reform strategy and a racially charged conflict with sportspersons who kneel throughout the nationwide anthem.

With awful timing, there have actually likewise been discoveries about Trump’s cabinet members taking pricey charter flights at taxpayers’ cost, culminating in the resignation of the health secretary, Tom Price. Critics have actually cautioned that Maria threatens to end up being “Trump’s Katrina”– a recommendation to the 2005 typhoon that smashed New Orleans and ended up being a specifying failure of George W Bush’s presidency.

Maria, the most effective storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, has actually eliminated a minimum of 16 individuals on the island, inning accordance with the main death toll. The scenario stays alarming as citizens deal with scarcities of fuel, water and food. The electrical grid was terribly harmed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, leaving numerous without power and reliant on gas-powered generators. The typhoons maimed the island’s currently weakened waste and water treatment plants while fallen trees and scattered particles block roadways and cellular phone service stays restricted for the 3.4 million population.

Trump struck out at Cruz after she decried his relief efforts on Friday, stating if the federal government did not fix the logistics “exactly what we are visiting is something near a genocide”.

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San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz, left, hugs a lady throughout her check out to a senior house in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 22 September. Photo: Thais Llorca/EPA

” We are passing away here,” Cruz stated at an interview, consulting with tears in her eyes. “I can not fathom the idea that the best country worldwide can not find out the logistics for a little island of 100 miles by 35 miles. Mayday, we are in problem.”

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Cruz had actually appealed straight to the president, stating:” I am asking the president of the United States to make sure someone supervises that depends on the job of conserving lives … I will do exactly what I never ever believed I was going to do. I am asking, asking anybody that can hear us, to conserve us from passing away. If any person out there is paying attention to us, we are passing away, and you are eliminating us with the inadequacy.”

Trump, who has actually designated a three-star basic to collaborate the reaction, is set up to check out Puerto Rico on Tuesday and stated on Saturday he would go to with the very first woman and ideally have the ability to stop at

the United States Virgin Islands, which have actually likewise been damaged.

The president likewise criticised” Fake News Networks” for unfavorable protection and stated Cruz had actually been ended up by his political challengers to assault him. He tweeted:” The Mayor of San Juan, who was extremely complimentary just a couple of days earlier, has actually now been informed by the Democrats that you need to be nasty to Trump. “

Cruz was then asked on the MSNBC channel whether anybody had actually informed her to head out and name Trump. She chuckled scornfully and stated:” Actually, I was requesting for assistance. When everybody reveals their real colors, I wasn’t stating anything nasty about the president … This is a time. I have no time at all for diversions … This isn’t really about me; this isn’t really about anybody; this has to do with lives that are being lost if things do not get done appropriately genuine rapidly.”

She included:” I am not going to be sidetracked by little remarks, by politics, by petty problems. This is one objective and it is to conserve lives. That’s all that matters. “

Carmen Yuln Cruz ( @CarmenYulinCruz)

The objective is one: conserving lives. This is the time to reveal our” real colors”. We can not be sidetracked by anything else.

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Trump has a long history of” punching back” in organisation and politics. Throughout his election project, he went on the offensive versus the Muslim household of a dead United States soldier and a previous model who supported his competing Hillary Clinton. After a fatal terrorist attack in London in June, he twisted the words of London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, to minor him.

Such broadsides appear to strike home with his rightwing populist base. Mike Cernovich, a well-known blog writer, author and cheerleader for the president, tweeted about Cruz without any proof:” She is trash, she is a killer, she failed her individuals and her responsibilities and belongs in jail!”

> Others revealed disgust at Trump’s inactiveness and absence of level of sensitivity to the mayor. Lin-Manuel Miranda, developer of the musical Hamilton and of Puerto Rican descent, tweeted: ” She has actually been working 24/7./ You have actually been GOLFING./ You’re going directly to hell./ Fastest golf cart you ever took. “

Pop star Lady Gaga tweeted her 71.4 million fans in action to the president’s criticism of Cruz:

@realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States. This is our duty.

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She then followed that up with another tweet hypothesizing on the reasons Trump, in her viewpoint, wasn’t assisting Puerto Rico:

@realDonaldTrump you’re not assisting PR since of the electoral votes u have to be re-elected ” body link” class= “u-underline”> #Florida = 29 #Texas = 38 #PuertoRico = 0

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