US President Donald Trump has lashed out on the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who has been essential of the federal response to the devastation on the island, saying she was being “nasty” to him.
In a collection of early-morning tweets on Saturday, Trump additionally appeared to blame a few of Puerto Rico’s residents for the sluggish tempo of aid from the battering attributable to Hurricane Maria, saying “they want everything to be done for them”.
“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,” the Republican president wrote from his personal golf membership in New Jersey, the place he’s spending the weekend.
“Such poor leadership 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.”
Trump on Twitter additionally once more defended the federal response, saying that the army and first responders had been doing an “amazing job” and blasted the information media, whom he mentioned had been disparaging aid staff.
Trump’s outburst got here after a day after San Juan’s mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz delivered a pointy retort to feedback from a prime Trump administration official, who mentioned the federal aid effort was a “a good-news story.”
“Damn it, this is not a good-news story,” Cruz instructed CNN. “This is a people-are-dying story. This is a life-or-death story.”
Cruz was referring to a comment by appearing US Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the guardian division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who mentioned on Thursday she was happy with the catastrophe response up to now.
The president provided an analogous evaluation talking to reporters on the White House on Friday.
“It’s a tough situation,” Trump mentioned. “The loss of life, it’s always tragic but it’s been incredible, the results we’ve had with respect to loss of life. People can’t believe how successful that’s been, relatively speaking.”
Maria, essentially the most highly effective storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, has killed no less than 16 folks on the island.
Cruz on Friday additionally bristled at options that the aid effort had been well-coordinated.