Trump slams Puerto Rico mayor, Democrats, news media over Hurricane Maria response


Trump wrote on Twitter: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes".

"As tone deaf as George Bush's response to Katrina was", Mr. Himes said, "I don't think he would have attacked the mayor from the comfort of a luxury golf club".

Earlier Sunday, Trump dismissed those he calls "politically motivated ingrates" who've questioned his administration's commitment to rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The president was at his New Jersey golf club over the weekend and attended an worldwide golf competition near New York City before returning to the White House on Sunday. It is a good thing that Trump wasn't president during World War II. At first flights were able to get to the island, but now one local woman says they're on hold.

Trump is expected to visit the island on Tuesday but the White House confirmed this morning that his wife Melania will not make the trip as she did after previous disasters. The mayor has accused his administration of "killing us with the inefficiency".

The President also tweeted on Saturday: "Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.' Not fair to FR or effort!"

Schumer also criticized Trump for waiting almost two weeks to visit Puerto Rico, noting the president had traveled to Texas twice in that time when Harvey struck.

Mr. Trump's tweets showed "his true self: narcissistic, petty, lacking in empathy and failing to lead", tweeted "Star Trek" actor and activist George Takei.

"I just want to hug them", Berrios said. And we need all the help we can get.

"Foreign flag ships are typically not allowed in to deliver these products unless US carriers can't do it, and the administration's view was they got all the commodities in to Puerto Rico, they didn't need to waive the Jones Act".

Yet even in voicing solidarity and sympathy with Puerto Rico, he drew attention again to the island's pre-hurricane debt burden and infrastructure woes, leaving doubt how far Washington would go to make the U.S. territory whole.

CM demands audit of DMRC accounts
He said if metro ridership is coming down, as per RTI data, then its goal to bring down use of private vehicles is lost. He also urged the DMRC to follow the Hong Kong model and not burden the common man with repeated hikes.

He added: "We all have to remember the people of Puerto Rico are American citizens and entitled to the same help as any other community in America".

Who would have ever thought we'd find ourselves here.

In both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands "they're trying very hard", Trump complimented, adding, "nobody has ever seen anything like it".

In the wake of the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz - along with other USA politicians, including McCain and Marco Rubio, R-Florida - had urged the suspension of the Jones Act in order to speed up supply deliveries.

Shaun King, a writer and liberal activist with a popular social-media presence, said the president's tweet targeting Ms. Cruz contained "the most frightful, racist, despicable things Trump has ever said".

Asked about the reaction to her remark, Duke says: "There is so much more to do". It is unclear if he was praising first responders again or others in the USA territory.

"The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered", Mr. Trump tweeted.

"People are now starting to recognize the fantastic work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military". But the mayor of Puerto Rico's largest city heatedly denies that.

As for Democrats, they continue to argue for a stronger response, both from the White House, and in terms of disaster aid approved by the Congress.

Elaine Duke made the comments upon landing in San Juan.