Puerto Ricans reacted harshly on Saturday to President’s Trump’s tweets that leaders of the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean island “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
Several Puerto Ricans contacted by CNN stood up for San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who apparently provoked the Trump tweet with a name for extra assist, and plenty of mentioned the Puerto Rican group at dwelling and overseas is already working collectively.
“I’m amazed that he has the gall to say Puerto Ricans expect everything to be done for them,” mentioned Abner Breban of Atlanta, who began a Facebook group to lift cash for reduction. “They are working exhaustively to lift themselves up. We are citizens. We pay taxes. We serve in the military.”
“It is a community effort,” Evelyn Torres mentioned at a fund-raising occasion within the Bronx. “It is a humanity effort.”
Speaking from San Juan, Renee Acosta mentioned, “If he’s not here, he shouldn’t be criticizing the community efforts.”
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose mother and father moved to New York from Puerto Rico, took his shot on Twitter, saying: “You’re going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, ‘Right this way, sir.’ They’ll clear a path.”
The President stirred issues up with a sequence of tweets Saturday from his golf membership in Bedminster, New Jersey, the place he’s spending the weekend.
He gave the impression to be responding to Cruz’s feedback on Friday night time on CNN, when she mentioned,”We’re dying right here. We really are dying right here. I maintain saying it: SOS. If anybody can hear us; Mr. Trump can hear us, let’s simply get it over with and get the ball rolling.”
Trump tweeted on Saturday morning, “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… 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.”
And late in afternoon, he fired once more at Cruz: “Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!”
But Puerto Ricans defended Cruz.
“Carmen has been going door to door helping her own community,” mentioned Griselmarie Alemar, who lives in Connecticut and has household in Carolina, Puerto Rico. “She has said that the resources are there but the issue has been the excessive time consumed in logistics.”
She additionally hoped Trump will see “something else besides the airport” in San Juan when he visits on Tuesday as a result of “it’s even worse in the rest of the island.”
“I think Trump is wrong in criticizing the mayor,” Acosta mentioned. “I mean, the mayor is reacting to a very chaotic situation in Puerto Rico. Unless you’re here you don’t really know what’s going on. … I guess he likes to play this Twitter game.”
At the fund-raiser in New York City, Bronx Borough President Robert Diaz Jr. additionally lashed out on the President for tweeting as a substitute of taking motion.
“What Donald Trump did with those statements today is that it confirmed everything that people were thinking about him,” Diaz mentioned. “And it’s just that he … doesn’t care, or he’s just sophomoric, and just wants to continue to have these Twitter wars. There’s no time for that.”
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico 10 days in the past, killing not less than 16 individuals. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Alejandro de la Campa mentioned solely 5% of electrical energy had been restored within the island. He mentioned 33% of the telecommunications infrastructure is again up and near 50% of water providers have been restored.
Several Puerto Ricans additionally mentioned the island didn’t obtain the identical form of response as Houston and Florida, which had been struck by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“I’m pro-Trump, but these comments surprised me very much,” mentioned Gabriela Gonzalez of San Juan. “He didn’t say those comments for the people of Florida or Texas and we are as Americans as those people.”
“He didn’t have this reaction for Harvey or Irma,” mentioned Breban in Atlanta. “But now he’s blaming the victim. Why?”
On Saturday afternoon Trump despatched out complimentary tweets about Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon of Puerto Rico and Kenneth Mapp, governor of the US Virgin Islands.
Rossello publicly struck a conciliatory tone in remarks earlier within the day, saying the federal authorities fulfilled all his requests, although there’s nonetheless loads of humanitarian work to be carried out.