BRANCHBURG, N.J. — President Donald Trump is lashing out at the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city in a war of words over recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria smashed into the U.S. territory.
Trump is out with a series of tweets blasting San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for criticizing the Trump administration’s hurricane response. The mayor has accused his administration of “killing us with the inefficiency.”
The president is responding by citing what he calls “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.”
Trump says “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.”
He says the hurricane “totally destroyed” Puerto Rico and that “the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job.”
Trump also says the mayor was “very complimentary only a few days ago,” but “has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was “shocked” by Presidents Trump’s tweets.
“They’re in the middle of a life and death crisis,” de Blasio said. “The P.R. people are doing everything they know how to defend each other and support each other in the middle of a crisis, the biggest storm in the history of the island.”
De Blasio goes on to say he’d like Trump to “honor the fact that people are doing all they know how to do to help each other rather than putting them down. It’s just unseemly, and its wrong.”