Trump responds to San Juan mayor after she excoriates him for government response in Puerto Rico

Trump responds to San Juan mayor after she excoriates him for government response in Puerto Rico
President Donald Trump responds to the San Juan mayor after she excoriated the government's response in Puerto Rico. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tore into the Trump administration on Friday over their response to utter destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria. On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump responded to the mayor.

What did the mayor say?

Speaking on CNN, Yulín Cruz responded specifically to comments that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke made when she called response efforts a “good news story.” Yulín Cruz said:

Is that what [she said]? Well, maybe from where she’s standing it’s a good news story.

When you’re drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story. I’m sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me. Frankly, it’s an irresponsible statement, and at contrast with the statements of support that I’ve been getting since yesterday, when I got that call from the White House.

Dammit, this is not a good news story. This is a “people are dying” story. This is a life or death story.
This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water. It is not a good news story when people are dying. Where is there good news here. I’m really sorry, but when you have people out there dying, literally, scraping for food — where is the good news?

How did Trump respond?

Trump took to his personal Twitter account to respond to the frustrated mayor:

He also retweeted several videos from U.S. government Twitter accounts showing the government’s response in Puerto Rico:
https://twitter.com/Scavino45/status/913916405803880448

Will Trump visit Puerto Rico?

After Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas earlier this year, Trump made several trips to the Lone Star State to tour the damaged areas and assist with relief efforts. Is he planning on doing the same for Puerto Rico? He confirmed on Twitter Saturday that he and first lady Melania Trump plan to head to the island on Tuesday — and maybe even the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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