President Trump took aim at storm-battered Puerto Rico in a series of Saturday morning tweets, claiming leaders of the U.S. territory appealing for federal help “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” the Daily Beast reports.
Amid appeals from Puerto Rican authorities for federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Trump denounced the “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan,” who has publicly criticized his administration’s lackluster response to the island’s disaster.
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Friday slammed the White House’s handling of the crisis, saying the federal government’s “inefficiency” is “killing” Puerto Ricans in need of urgent aid. Trump hit back, saying while Cruz “was very complimentary only a few days ago,” she “has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”
7:19 AM – Sep 30, 2017
“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.
“…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. They….
“…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.
7:29 AM – Sep 30, 2017
“The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.
7:33 AM – Sep 30, 2017
“Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to “get Trump.” Not fair to FR or effort!
7:48 AM – Sep 30, 2017
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