Puerto Rico Mayor Criticizes Trump for Mediocre Disaster Response

Posted October 02, 2017

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years. "I mean, the mayor is reacting to a very chaotic situation in Puerto Rico".

Cruz's comments on Friday were in response to a senior US official calling the disaster response in Puerto Rico "a good news story".

The creator of Broadway hit "Hamilton", Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents moved to NY from Puerto Rico, took Trump to task on Twitter over his attack on Cruz: "She has been working 24/7".

At least 18 people are believed to have died in Puerto Rico in the storm and in its aftermath, officials said. "It's a life or death story".

"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".

President Trump said the governor is a partner in the recovery effort.

At a news conference, Rossello, a Republican, declined to comment on Trump's tweets, which he said he had not seen, and said he would not be drawn into a political fight. On Saturday, the president prompted widespread outrage when he personally attacked Cruz after she had criticized the federal response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

"The truth is staring us in the face". In a briefing Saturday he pointed to efforts by Fema (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to deliver fuel across the island, particularly to hospitals. "We transported 14 patients from one of our facilities". She says all she did "was ask for help". "But the people of Puerto Rico are not".

Tarbox, a retiree from CT who has lived in San Juan for 20 years, said he was anxious most about running out of diesel fuel for his generator.

Later Saturday, Cruz - who has been living in a shelter after her home was destroyed in the hurricane - told MSNBC that the issue was not personal and said municipal employees were working as hard as they could.

Bureaucratic red tape was holding up the relief effort she said. "We got cereal, bread, and some things to make tacos because [it's] the only thing we can like do right now to eat", he said, adding they don't have much gas, and no power.

Authorities have reestablished radio communication in the capital San Juan and some surrounding areas. She spent 12 years living in the continental U.S. and during that time earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Boston University and an advanced degree in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "He just doesn't know", said Jorge Candeleria, who moved to Irving from Puerto Rico seven years ago.

President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard USA response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future.

Puerto Ricans are USA citizens but due to the territory's status do not vote in presidential elections and have no real voice in Congress.

She won her first seat in parliament in 2008-after losing a race in 2000-as a member of the Popular Democratic Party.

In 2012, she was elected the San Juan's third female mayor.