“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the president tweeted.
“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,” the president continued. “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.”
On Friday, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz voiced dissatisfaction over the United States’ response to Maria, which knocked out power to most of the island and has many scrambling for food, water, and shelter.
“We are dying here, and I cannot fathom he thought that the greatest nation int he world cannot figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long,” Cruz said. “So mayday, we are in trouble.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) laid the blame at the steps of the White House.
“The failure of this administration to act more efficiently and promptly is something that needs to be held accountable,” he told WCBS 880’s Myles Miller.
The Connecticut senator said aid hasn’t come quick enough and the military response doesn’t match the need.
“Failure to use the military, logistical, and other forces more effectively has been reprehensible,” he said.
Blumenthal adds the temporary suspension of the Jones Act, which requires goods shipped between points in the United States to be carried by U.S. built and operated boats, does not go far enough.
Meanwhile, critically needed aid is finally being distributed in parts of the hurricane-ravaged island. In harder to reach areas, residents are getting desperate.
Families in Aguadilla stood in line for hours on Friday, waiting to receive four bottles of water and three snacks which may have to last them for two days.
Nathaniel, a student at Manhattan College, tells 1010 WINS’ Andrew Falzon that the federal response to the deepening crisis could have been better. He decided to take matters into his own hands and coordinated a donation drive.
“It’s good we’re doing things like this, but help needs to come from a higher level than just us,” he said.
For the students gathered Saturday, the disaster is personal — all of them have family in Puerto Rico.
“I was trying to call my parents, it would go to voicemail really fast so I started crying,” Emma said. “I couldn’t go to class.”
The president is headed to the island on Tuesday to survey the damage.
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