Trump blasts media coverage of Puerto Rico

Alicia Cross
October 2, 2017

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.

She worked as an adviser to the San Juan mayor and the president of Puerto Rico's House of representatives, according to her biography.

"In a series of early-morning tweets on Saturday, Trump blasted ".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".

"As American citizens drink from streams and stand in lines for ice, gas and food, President Trump says they 'want everything to be done for them.' Lin-Manuel Miranda's response?" the front page reads.

President Donald Trump is criticizing the media and praising his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in a battered Puerto Rico.

He also tweeted: "Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor". Cruz replied, saying, "I don't have time for idle talk".

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has pleaded for help as her country tries to survive without water or power.

"The three-star general is on his way, if he's not already arrived in Puerto Rico, to evaluate the response and what the requirements are". Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission said 90 percent of cell towers in the island were out of service, meaning residents couldn't connect with their loved ones and made it more hard for first responders.

"I will continue to do whatever I need to do, say whatever I need to say, compliment the people I need to compliment, and call out the people that I need to call out", she added.

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Cruz told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Trump's comments - which she heard about late because of the poor Internet coverage in Puerto Rico - had made her smile, given what Puerto Ricans were dealing with.

When NBC News executive Janelle Rodriguez sends someone new to Puerto Rico, she makes sure they bring extra suitcases packed with water and non-perishable food.

Trump is now at his golf club.

"We still need to do more for the people of Puerto Rico and we're working tirelessly to do that, but we need resources", said Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

Puerto Rico filed the biggest bankruptcy in USA municipal history this year and had been struggling to regain economic stability in the face of a $72 billion debt load and near-insolvent public health and pension systems, even before the hurricanes hit.

"Damn it, this is not a good news story", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz responded. "It is unfortunate that the San Juan mayor wants to sort of go against the grain".

Yulín Cruz maintained the focus should be foremost on saving the people of Puerto Rico.

As Elaine Duke landed in Puerto Rico, Friday, Trump described the island as completely devastated.

But after Trump's blast, she took to Twitter to thank Republican lawmakers who had visited the island. During this season's trio of monster hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, Maria - Trump and his administration have drifted into the perilous territory of premature self-congratulation in the face of unfolding catastrophe, seemingly unmindful of the "Brownie moment" that scarred George W. Bush's presidency.

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