February 19, 2018

Trump in hot water over Puerto Rico response

03 October 2017, 02:19 | Darrell Baldwin

Gov. Malloy administration issues guidance to schools regarding displaced students from Puerto Rico

Gov. Malloy administration issues guidance to schools regarding displaced students from Puerto Rico

Trump says in tweets that the federal government has done "a great job with the nearly impossible situation".

Trump praised military and first responders for the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Even Puerto Rico Health Secretary Rafael Rodríguez-Mercado told the CPI reporters "he documented seven additional hurricane-related deaths at three hospitals on the island's western region he was able to visit on Monday", and those had not been included in the official count of 16.

"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", he wrote.

Cruz continued, "Dammit, this is not a good news story".

Trump fired back at Cruz in a tweet, accusing her of "poor leadership" and saying some Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

Since coming under criticism, the president has lashed out on social media.

Trump on Thursday waived the Jones Act, easing shipping restrictions on relief goods that the government and nonprofits are trying to deliver to the island. "We want the people to be safe and sound, and we will be there every day until that happens". "They got a hard hit".

On top of all the problems Puerto Rico is experiencing because of Maria, it's bracing for more bad weather this weekend.

US Senator Bernie Sanders told CNN on Sunday that skin color may be a factor in Trump's response.

Around the same time that Trump was on Twitter, Cruz tweeted thanks to the politicians who had seen what San Juan needed first hand. "I don't know what world Trump is living in".

Trump has been blaming Puerto Rico for not doing enough to help itself.

Trump is out of it, and all he knows that the Hispanics in Puerto Rico need help, and he has no interest in giving it to them.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Puerto Rico as they recover from this storm", said Maj. Gen.

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda did not mince words in his message to Donald Trump following the President's Saturday morning Twitter attacks on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Shaun King, a writer and liberal activist with a popular social-media presence, said the president's tweet targeting Ms. Cruz contained "the most terrible, racist, despicable things Trump has ever said". "It's irresponsible", she said, urging Duke to come to Puerto Rico to see for herself.

Trump is planning to visit the USA territory on Tuesday. But the agency says it can not now accept repayments, so those who need to complete urgent travel before repaying the loan have to contact the government to petition for a replacement passport.

Later on Saturday evening, Trump tweeted out a video featuring footage of United States troops assisting Puerto Ricans, overlaid with an audio clip of Rossello praising the Trump administration's response to the natural disaster. "People are now starting to recognize the unbelievable work that has been done by FEMA and our great military".

Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of the US island's largest city, heatedly denied that.

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