President Trump attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter this morning after she made a desperate plea for more help for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation. Trump accused her of exaggerating the situation for political gain and for showing "poor leadership."
Cruz had criticized a comment by Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Friday that the disaster response was a "good news story."
Cruz added in a televised statement in which she declared she was begging for more help, she said, "If we don't get the food and water into peoples' hands, what we are going to see is something close to genocide."
The goal is one: saving lives. This is the time to show our "true colors". We cannot be distracted by anything else. pic.twitter.com/7PAINk19xM
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) September 30, 2017
On Friday, Trump bragged to reporters, "It's been incredible, the results we've had with respect to loss of life," and referenced Puerto Rico's debt several times. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed these sentiments, tweeting that a Washington Post story about the slow federal response to the Hurricane is fake.
The army lieutenant general put in charge of the federal response to the humanitarian disaster, Jeff Buchanan, has said there's a shortage of both troops and supplies to the island, and Lieutenant General Russel Honore, who led the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, said that Trump "doesn't give a damn about people of color."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed Trump's complains, tweeting that a Washington Post story about the government's halting response was false.
Trump is currently at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. He plans to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday and possibly the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were similarly devastated.
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