Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Puerto Rico Mayor Says She Won't Be "Distracted" By Trump's Twitter Attacks

Lance Thomas | 01 October, 2017, 00:11

Response to what the San Juan mayor has called a humanitarian crisis has been slow to filter in.

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", he wrote.

Singer Rihanna criticized President Donald Trump's response to Hurricane Maria's devastating impact on Puerto Rico in a tweet on Thursday. Hank asked them about the United States response to the devastation Hurricane Maria wrought there and they say it's hard to tell with no communication. "Fastest golf cart you ever took", Miranda fired back at Trump.

Directly addressing President Trump, who has boastfully defended the federal government's response, Cruz said, "So Mr. Trump, I beg you, take charge and save us". "We are dying", Cruz said she was hopeful the situation would improve.

Maria, the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, has killed at least 16 people on the island, according to the official death toll. "This is the time to show our 'true colors, '" she said, posting pictures of Puerto Ricans helping others.

"I am begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying", Carmen Yulin Cruz said into the cameras.

Mr Trump meanwhile quoted praise from Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, who said the president and the Trump administration have "delivered" for the USA territory.

On Friday, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz made several pleas for the US government to help Puerto Rico, where people without food, water, and power are "dying", saying they could "see something close to genocide".

The Jones Act restrictions were waived for Texas and Florida after they were hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma respectively, but not for Puerto Rico.

"This is, damn it, this is not a good news story", Mayor YulÃn Cruz said.

Following Trump's tweets, photos of Cruz, wading in floodwaters up to her waist and holding a megaphone, went viral.

"Maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story".

"We are maximizing all of the resources that we have so that we can deliver goods, water food and supplies", he said.

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.

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