San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Mayor is ‘An Opportunistic Politician’
A back-and-forth war of words has erupted between US officials and San Juan’s Mayor in the wake of the storm that crippled Puerto Rico and left it without electricity as residents sought to recover from the hurricane damage.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, a member of the island’s Democratic party, gave an emotional plea for help Friday blasting US Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for calling the government’s response to the hurricane a “good news story.”
In turn, President Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, Jr., Saturday tweeted that Cruz was “an opportunistic politician.
President Trump blasted Ms. Cruz Saturday morning in a series of Tweets where he said she and other local officials had exhibited “poor leadership” and suggested Puerto Ricans were not helping enough in relief efforts.
For his part, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Russello has praised the US response to the crisis.
Ms. Cruz responded to President Trump’s criticism Saturday saying her focus was on “saving lives.”
“I was asking for help. I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president,” Cruz told a reporter. “It’s not about politics, it’s not about petty comments, it’s about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives.”
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is blaming President Trump for her failures, and it is clear that the Puerto Rico needs better leadership and management.
President Trump said Saturday that “they (PR) want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
The President will visit Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Tuesday