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Donald Trump attacks the Mayor or San Juan as Puerto Rico continues to suffer

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Instead of further outlining a plan to get much-needed aide to American citizens in Puerto Rico, Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to attack the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz. From his golf resort in New Jersey among all places.

After Trump spent most of last week criticizing NFL players for protesting during the National Anthem and his acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke saying Puerto Rico was a “feel good story”, Cruz has increasingly grown critical of the Administration’s effort to deliver aide to the U.S. territory.

Via the LA Times:

“I’m mad as hell because my peoples’ lives are at stake . . . . We are dying here,” Cruz said, nearly tearing up during a news conference. “If we don’t get the food and the water into people’s hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide.”

Cruz said when President Trump visits Tuesday, as planned, he should not only get an aerial view of the situation but actually see municipalities.

“Let him walk in Comerio and see people drinking water from a creek, let him go to Rincon and see people huddled over because they have no food or water,” she said. “Let him hear the cries of elderly people, outside of windows and doors, screaming ‘help us.’ ”

Seven days after Hurricane Maria hit laying massive devastation on the entirety of the Island, Donald Trump said his administration was “thinking about” waiving the Jones Act, a century-old law that requires all goods shipped between U.S. ports be carried on U.S. owned-and-operated vessels. The next day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders announced the President would waive the Jones Act allowing the expedited shipping of that much-needed aide to the Island.

In addition to the delay with the Jones Act being waived, Trump hasn’t – as of yet – asked Congress for a Puerto Rican relief package that would give FEMA more money to help the Island rebuild. The President has also been critical of Puerto Rico’s massive amounts of debt and failing infrastructure which doesn’t mean a whole lot to mother’s who are trying to get food to their kids or hospital workers trying administer aide to the most vulnerable on the Island.

Not to mention Trump with held any kind of criticism towards the leaders of Florida or Houston whose Mayor failed to evacuate his city ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

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