Presidents tweet accuses Carmen Yuln Cruz of such poor leadership but San Juan mayor answers: Im not going to be distracted by small comments
Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city on Saturday as the row over his administration’s response to a hurricane and humanitarian crisis escalated.
Ahead of his visit to the devastated US territory next week, the president used Twitter to say of Carmen Yulin Cruz:” Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help “.
He went on:” They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community endeavour. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic undertaking .”
Trump received a measure of praise for his handling of the recent hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida but has come under flame for a flat-footed reaction in Puerto Rico, where he sought to defend slow relief efforts by saying:” This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water .” In the past 10 days he has been distracted by a long weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, an election contest in Alabama, a major taxation reform plan and a racially charged dispute with sportsmen who kneel during the national anthem.
With terrible timing, there have also been revelations about Trump’s cabinet members taking expensive charter flights at taxpayers’ expense, culminating in the resignation of the health secretary, Tom Price . Critic have warned that Maria threatens to become” Trump’s Katrina”- a reference to the 2005 hurricane that smashed New Orleans and became a defining failing of George W Bush’s presidency.
Maria, the most powerful blizzard to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, has killed at least 16 people on the island, according to the official death toll. The situation remains dire as residents face shortages of food, water and gasoline. The electric grid was badly was affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, leaving many without power and reliant on gas-powered generators. The hurricanes crippled the island’s already weakened garbage and water therapy plants while fallen trees and strewn rubble block roads and cellphone service remains limited for the 3.4 million population.
Trump made out at Cruz after she condemned his relief efforts on Friday, saying if the federal government did not solve the logistics” what we we are going to see is something close to a genocide “.