Trump defends hurricane response in Puerto Rico


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President Donald Trump in a series of tweets on Saturday
defended his administration’s response
to the devastation in
Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, and urged Puerto Ricans to “not
believe the #FakeNews!”

“Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than
complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help
great people of PR!” he said on Twitter.

Trump’s tweets came after
he faced mounting criticism
of his jabs at the mayor of San
Juan, Carmen Yulîn Cruz.
Cruz had told media on Friday
 that if Trump does not
ramp up relief efforts, Puerto Rico could see “something close to
a genocide.”

“My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others
are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every
way … #FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we’re getting
great marks from the people that truly matter!” Trump said on

He continued: “We must all be united in offering assistance to
everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of
this terrible disaster.”

Trump — who is spending the weekend at his golf course in
Bedminster, New Jersey —
took to Twitter to fire back
, saying that Cruz, “who was very
complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the
Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”

He continued: “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.”

puerto rico gas shortage
Puerto Ricans are still grappling with power outages
and a severe gas shortage.

Reuters/Alvin Baez

Trump then continued tweeting into the afternoon, praising other
Puerto Rican officials, including Governor Ricardo Rossello and
Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon.

Trump has
faced backlash in recent days
for his
slow response to the ongoing crisis
in Puerto Rico, and has
been criticized for appearing less attentive to the crisis in
Puerto Rico than he was to Texas and Florida after those states
were ravaged by hurricanes. It’s been compared to the bungled
federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 under President
George W. Bush.

Hurricane Maria left many of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million US
citizens without shelter, water, power, and other basic

“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a
community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a
fantastic job,” Trump said on Saturday. “The military and first
responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an
amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.”

Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, is set to visit the
island on Tuesday.

Jeremy Berke contributed reporting.


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