San Juan mayor continues calls for relief after attacks from Trump

03 October, 2017, 02:47 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • By Robin Respaut and Gabriel Stargardter

Celebs like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, John Legend and more took to social media to speak out against President Donald Trump's Twitter attack against San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday.

But instead of focusing on providing aid to the USA territory, Trump is trying to peddle Puerto Rico's devastation and dire need for help as a direct attack from all of the groups that he's deemed the opposition, from "fake news" to the Democrats and, now, the "poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan".

"Sir, we just need help, please", Cruz said before Trump hung up on her.

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz told a news conference she was "done being politically correct" because her people were dying in the aftermath of Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years. "You have been GOLFING", he tweeted at Trump.

Puerto Rico's 3.4 million people were still nearly entirely without power Saturday.

"It's just the right thing to do", said Pamela Barragan, an acting commander for St. Paul police and one of the volunteers.

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"Everyone is talking about Maria", said Julianna Melendez, 36, while out at a bar in Guaynabo, near the capital San Juan.

Thousands more Puerto Ricans got water and rationed food Friday as an aid bottleneck began to ease.

Earlier he tweeted: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes". This summer, in an interview with Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Kardashian said "anyone can run the USA better". Residents in Puerto Rico were left without food, water, gasoline and electricity. "You put the people above the debt".

"The tweets this morning are despicable, are deplorable, are not statesman-like at all", said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat born in Puerto Rico.

"I'm going to have to come back another day", she said.

Workers from NY coordinate with Federal Emergency Management Agency workers and travel throughout the island to clear debris off roads and distribute resources.

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Cruz's comments on Friday were in response to a senior US official calling the disaster response in Puerto Rico "a good news story".

In a passionate address during which her voice cracked with rage, the mayor told the president to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives".

But with the status on the ground in Puerto Rico so dire, it seems like any help the island can get will be necessary, and waiving the Jones Act could certainly make it easier to get supplies to the US territory, even if it wouldn't be enough to solve the crisis.

Once in office Cruz launched a million-dollar urban renewal program, renovated public parks and plazas and unionized San Juan employees as promised during her campaign.

'Before we start the show, let's all take a knee, ladies and gentleman, 'the HBO late-night host said. "And the bottom line is, is that we're pushing everybody, we're trying to push her, in there".

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