Saturday, 21 October, 2017

San Juan mayor hits out at Trump official

President Donald Trump points as he boards Air Force One Wednesday Sept. 27 2017 in Indianapolis President Donald Trump points as he boards Air Force One Wednesday Sept. 27 2017 in Indianapolis
Cecilia Poole | 03 October, 2017, 01:42

He suggested Friday that federal support for Puerto Rico's recovery would not be unconditional, writing: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes".

Thursday, Duke stirred controversy when referring to the government's response in Puerto Rico as a "good news story".

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents moved to NY from Puerto Rico, took his shot on Twitter, saying: "You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump".

"We have fuel trucks sitting out there in what we call a "quick reaction force" with Marines who are ready to go, map out which hospitals they have to go to and we will get there before the lights go out and people die", Lt. Col. Mainz said. "This is a life or death story", she added.

The president is responding by citing what he calls "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". "We want them to be safe, and sound, and secure, and we will be there every day until that happens".

Trump slammed Puerto Rican leaders in a series of tweets Saturday.

"The truth is staring us in the face".

"I understand the coverage, in some cases, is giving the appearance that we're not moving fast enough", Bossert said. "We transported 14 patients from one of our facilities". "So help us", Cruz said. At a shelter an hour outside of San Juan, a woman named Josefina Alvarez, who suffers from diabetes, was in a dire situation.

"He is looking for excuses for things not going well", Cruz told CNN.

Emily Olivo Vasquez is from Puerto Rico and still has family and friends living in some of the most rural areas. "I'll be talking with the Democrats and we'll be talking to Congress about what we're going to do a little bit longer term".

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Cruz, levelled direct criticism at the federal government's response on Saturday, and said if Trump does not ramp up relief efforts, there could be "something close to a genocide".

Asked about the reaction to her remark, Duke says: "There is so much more to do".

Vasquez urges anyone who can to donate to Puerto Rico to do so.

The president also accused her of bad leadership and inaction.

Cruz earned bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University, graduating cum laude, and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she received a master's degree.

After 12 years on the mainland, she moved back to Puerto Rico in 1992 and immediately jumped into local politics.

She also hoped Trump will see "something else besides the airport" in San Juan when he visits on Tuesday because "it's even worse in the rest of the island". Many Puerto Ricans are running low on money and many restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations are only accepting cash because the credit card system is down. In 2008, still affiliated with the party, she was elected to the House of Representatives in Puerto Rico.

That prompted a sharp retort from San Juan's mayor in a CNN interview.

"Most of our nursing homes have people that have an inability to move, so they're stuck in the 14th floor, they have no water, they have no food, they - majority are insulin-dependent", she said.

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