Trump calls Puerto Rico officials as relief efforts fall short
- Author: Anthony Vega Oct 02, 2017,
Oct 02, 2017, 0:13
Cruz, who has been living in a shelter after her home was destroyed in the hurricane, is at the forefront of efforts to help Puerto Rico recover from the destruction created by the storm more than a week ago.
"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy", Carmen Yulín Cruz said Friday at a news conference. "You are", Scarborough tweeted, referring to Trump saying Cruz and others in Puerto Rico have "poor leadership ability".
What the Congress has done, what the president of the United States has done, what the judicial system has done, is they have unveiled to everyone, the worldwide community and everyone in Puerto Rico, that we are a colony of the United States. "10,000 federal workers now on island doing a good job".
Trump, who plans to visit the island on Tuesday, fired off a series of angry tweets from his private golf club in New Jersey, taking aim at the mayor of San Juan, the island's capital and largest city.
On Tuesday, he's due to visit Puerto Rico, where Maria killed at least sixteen people and left numerous island's 3.4 million residents without power and water. Cruz replied, saying, "I don't have time for idle talk". She says Trump is responding to a request from the governor, and it "will go into effect immediately". Yet even in voicing solidarity and sympathy with Puerto Rico, he drew attention again to the island's debt burden and infrastructure woes, leaving doubt about how far Washington will go to make the USA territory whole. She also said the death toll had been low for a storm the size of Hurricane Maria.
On Saturday, the commander in chief sent a whopping 18 tweets about Puerto Rico but his defensive and angry day-long screed was apparently not enough to get his feelings across so he was at it again Sunday morning, blasting critics and praising his own administration.
"Our priorities at this juncture keep being food delivery, delivery of gas, making sure that the hospitals are working, making sure we can get more hospitals on line, that they get their diesel and their fuel", Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares said Saturday.
Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Saturday night, Cruz said she's not a Democrat. Almost half of the supermarkets have reopened, albeit with reduced hours, and about 60 percent of the gas stations have begun pumping, many protected by armed private security guards.
"We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this awful disaster". "That will help in terms of getting electricity both in transmission and distribution but they need a lot more help right now until they get on their feet", she said.
Puerto Ricans were angered by Trump's delay in finally waiving a United States law that bars foreign-flagged ships from delivering aid to USA ports. "President Trump, anyone, help us!" she said.
Duke also tried to move on from the remarks she made Thursday in which she called the federal relief effort a "good-news story".
The Federal Aviation Administration supported the restoration of services to all eight commercial airports in Puerto Rico, FEMA said on Friday.