The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico had some harsh phrases for U.S. President Donald Trump, after he visited the hurricane-ravaged island Tuesday.
The president, who has been criticized for his gradual response in serving to these affected by Hurricane Maria, was “insulting” throughout his visit, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz instructed MSNBC Tuesday night time.
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“He was insulting to the people of Puerto Rico,” Cruz mentioned, including that the journey was all simply “PR.”
“This was a PR, 17-minute meeting. There was no exchange with anybody, with none of the mayors,” she mentioned.
She additionally slammed the president for throwing paper towel rolls right into a crowd.
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“And in fact, this terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it really — it does not embody the spirit of the American nation, you know?”
The president additionally remarked that the island ought to “be very proud” of the demise toll of 16 — which has since been upped to 34 — because it’s low in comparison with Hurricane Katrina.
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“He kind of minimized our suffering here by saying that Katrina was a real disaster, sort of implying that this was not a real disaster because not many people have died here.”
The mayor and Trump met face-to-face for the primary time Tuesday, after not directly exchanging heated phrases days earlier. They shook arms and spoke briefly.
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“I told him, ‘Mr. President this is about saving lives. It’s not about politics,’” Cruz recounted in an interview with CNN.
Cruz slammed Trump’s aid response final week throughout an interview with CNN, the place she pleaded with the administration for extra assist.
The president responded on Twitter, criticizing the mayor for “poor leadership.”
In Tuesday’s CNN interview, Cruz mentioned she hopes Trump will cease saying issues that damage Puerto Ricans.
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“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.”
Following the Puerto Rico visit, Trump appeared on Fox News and promised to “wipe out” the island’s debt. White House finances director Mick Mulvaney backed away from Trump’s feedback hours later.
Trump was referring to Puerto Rico’s want to repair its personal debt points via its oversight board, Mulvaney mentioned in an interview with CNN Wednesday morning.
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Meanwhile, a ballot launched by The Associated Press-NORC Wednesday discovered that simply 32 per cent approve of how Trump is dealing with catastrophe aid within the U.S. territory, whereas 49 per cent disapprove.
The ballot was carried out earlier than Trump visited the island.
The AP-NORC ballot of 1,150 adults was carried out Sept. 28-Oct. 2. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus four.1 share factors.
— With a file from Reuters, The Associated Press
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