The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan has hit back at the Trump administration's description of hurricane relief efforts as a "good news" story, calling it "a "people are dying" story" as millions wait for aid.
He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an fantastic job".
Around the same time that Trump was on Twitter, Cruz tweeted thanks to the politicians who had seen what San Juan needed first hand.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Residents of Puerto Rico accused US President Donald Trump of being slow to dispatch aid after Hurricane Maria and clumsy in his public remarks once it was clear the US territory had been devastated by the storm. Hank asked them about the USA response to the devastation Hurricane Maria wrought there and they say it's hard to tell with no communication.
The world was witnessing that Puerto Ricans are treated not as "second-class citizens", Cruz said, "but as animals that can be disposed of".
"I have not received any help, and we ran out of food yesterday", Mari Olivo, a 27-year-old in Bayamon, told the Associated Press Thursday. Trump's latest missive could further inflame sentiment after he had earlier weighed in on the emerging fight over how to finance the already debt-stricken territory's recovery - comments that were viewed as premature and distasteful by some.
But after Trump's blast, she took to Twitter to thank Republican lawmakers who had visited the island. "Big water, ocean water", he said of Puerto Rico, for viewers not in the know.
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Donna Grodner , an attorney for the officer, didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment late Thursday night. The local district attorney declined to prosecute Mckesson and almost 100 protesters charged with obstructing a highway.
"I am very satisfied", acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said outside the White House on Thursday.
"When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story", Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told CNN on Friday.
The White House said Trump will make calls to several Puerto Rico officials, including Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, on Saturday afternoon.
Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years, has killed at least 16 people on the island and more than 30 across the Caribbean.
"Don't let your people die like this".
Trump also praised the work of the first responders and harshly criticized the "Fake News Networks" that are "working overtime" to demoralize first responders and soldiers.
'It's a tough situation, ' Trump said.