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Trump Attacks Puerto Rico Mayor For ‘Poor Leadership Ability’ After She Pleaded For Help

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Trump Attacks Puerto Rico Mayor For ‘Poor Leadership Ability’ After She Pleaded For Help

Descending into a mad tweetstorm, President Trump on Saturday attacked the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, accusing her of being “nasty” to him, playing politics, and having “poor leadership ability” after she pleaded for help for those who are dying across the island.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has taken the media spotlight to warn that not enough is being done to help her city and the island. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Friday night, Cruz wore a shirt emblazoned with the words “help us, we are dying.”

Trump defended his administration’s response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastation on the island in a series of tweets that earned immediate backlash from the internet.

“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,” Trump tweeted. “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,” he continued. “10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz held an emotional press conference Friday ripping the Trump administration’s efforts to assist the island.

“I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency,” she said.

On Saturday, following Trump’s tweets about her, Cruz said her No. 1 goal is “saving lives.”

“Actually, I was asking for help. I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president,” Cruz said on MSNBC following the tweets. “It’s not about politics, it’s not about petty comments, it’s about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives.”

Trump has not acknowledged anything lacking in his administration’s response to the crisis, and instead blamed the media for allegedly trying to “get Trump” by disparaging first responders to the crisis.

He also blamed the distance between the island and the mainland U.S. for hampering relief.

Trump insisted Friday that his administration is doing an “incredible job” with relief efforts.

“We have done an incredible job, considering there’s absolutely nothing to work with,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

However, the reality on the ground is different. The island has been without water or power since Hurricane Maria hit a week ago.

As Democrats slammed Trump’s response to Cruz and Puerto Rico’s relief efforts.

“Is your ego so fragile & your heart so cold that you’d attack a leader in the midst of a humanitarian crisis because she needs your help?” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) tweeted at Trump on Saturday.

“You watch TV & tweet insults at their leaders from your golf club,” Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) tweeted.

Mayor Cruz is just one element of the active pressure on the Trump administration over what critics are saying is a slow response to the hurricane devastation. Numerous U.S. officials are warning it could be a humanitarian disaster.

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