San Juan Mayor Says 'No Time For Politics' After Trump's Taunts

The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital has hit back at the comments by a top Trump administration official who said the federal effort to help the United States island territory recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria is "a good news story".

Another video sent from Rihanna, who was born and raised in Barbados, to the president saw San Juan's mayor crying over the "humanitarian crisis" in the country.

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump suggested the mayor had been told "to be nasty to Trump" by his Democratic opposition. "We want them to be safe and sound and secure, and we'll be there every day until that happens", POTUS promised. "Fastest golf cart you ever took".

"I'm sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me", Cruz continued. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying.

Trump's comments come ahead of a planned visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Wilson Hernandez and his family rebuild their house destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the neigborhood of Acerolas in Toa Alto, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017.

Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said on Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far.

In the wake of the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz - along with other U.S. politicians, including McCain and Marco Rubio, R-Florida - had urged the suspension of the Jones Act in order to speed up supply deliveries.

As though criticizing Mayor Cruz wasn't crass enough, Trump invoked the racist trope of lazy minorities hungry for government handouts just for good measure.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has called the destruction to the island unprecedented, though the Republican has praised the US government's relief efforts.

White House officials have rejected allegations the administration's Puerto Rico response hasn't measured up to that in Texas and Florida after earlier hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 'This is a people-are- dying story.

Miranda responded in another tweet: "She has been working 24/7".

'Damn it, this is not a good-news story, ' Cruz told CNN.

"We are maximizing all of the resources that we have so that we can deliver goods, water food and supplies", he said.

"The response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this", Trump said.

  • Jon Douglas