President Trump should avoid making comments that hurt the people of Puerto Rico, warned San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz during an interview with CNN following a briefing with Trump on the island. Then the outspoken mayor dropped a very fitting nickname for the erratic president.
Commenting on Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico and his claim that his administration is doing “a great job” in the hurricane-ravaged island while attacking the those in need, the mayor said:
“I think his staff understands now and they have all the data they need,” Yulín Cruz said. “But I would hope that the President of the United States stops spouting out comments that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico because rather than commander in chief he sort of becomes miscommunicator in chief.”
Trump has accused Yulín Cruz of taking a political angle to criticize his administration’s relief efforts, and Yulín Cruz said she was able to speak with the President briefly when he shook her hand at Tuesday’s event.
“I told him, ‘Mr. President this is about saving lives. It’s not about politics,'” Yulín Cruz said. “That’s all the interaction that mayors had with him.”
At the event, Trump praised Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, saying the governor wasn’t “playing politics” — an apparent swipe at the San Juan mayor.
Trump also attacked Yulín Cruz on Saturday for criticizing the White House’s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, accusing her of “poor leadership” and suggesting that the island’s residents are not doing enough to help themselves.
Watch the interview in the video below: