San Juan Mayor and FEMA Official Debate Hurricane Response

Oct 03, 2017, 02:15
San Juan Mayor and FEMA Official Debate Hurricane Response

"The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes", the President said.

"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said. "Outside of the fake news or politically motivated ingrates", Trump tweeted.

Of course President Trump Tweeted this from the golf course, where he's enjoying some R&R this weekend. "I don't know what world Trump is living in".

He suggested officials or people on the island - it is not clear exactly who the president is referring to - are not doing enough themselves to recover from the crisis left by Hurricane Maria, that "they want everything to be done for them".

US President Donald Trump has been warned to "quiet down" his Twitter account in the wake of Hurricane Maria's impact on Puerto Rico.

Cruz said all she wanted was for the federal government to do everything possible to ease the plight of millions of islanders still lacking food, electricity and fresh water.

Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, is set to visit the island on Tuesday.

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

Ohio's Republican governor John Kasich, who challenged Mr Trump for the Republican nomination a year ago, also voiced criticism of the President's comments.

"No one can believe we are actually as a USA government doing everything we can", Gutierrez said Friday. "Totally unable to", Trump said, explaining the island's police and truck drivers are "substantially gone" on the island as they focus on their families or are unable to travel to work. "We would like to give them a bottle of water and food immediately", he said.

"Foreign flag ships are typically not allowed in to deliver these products unless USA carriers can't do it, and the administration's view was they got all the commodities in to Puerto Rico, they didn't need to waive the Jones Act".

US Senator Bernie Sanders told CNN on Sunday that skin color may be a factor in Trump's response. "I wouldn't be surprised if he said, I need more troops in order to manage this distribution until Puerto Rico itself can get back on its feet", she said. "They just had service for five minutes and they just let me know they were okay".

That order included Puerto Rico, but expired last week shortly after Maria struck.

"We need to prepare ourselves for a mass transfer of people", said Asencio.

He also followed up his criticism of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz from earlier today saying his actions will speak louder than her words.

Shaun King, a writer and liberal activist with a popular social-media presence, said the president's tweet targeting Ms. Cruz contained "the most awful, racist, despicable things Trump has ever said".