Trump's Tweets on Puerto Rico Are a National Disgrace

Playing politics with hurricanes is a low-rent tactic

Playing politics with hurricanes is a low-rent tactic

He then retweeted videos from the military and other emergency responders working in Puerto Rico.

Maria, a Category 4 storm, devastated Puerto Rico, whose 3.4 million residents are US citizens.

Mario Torres, who lives in the former Air Force base in the coastal town of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, said the country was on the brink of disaster.

In his final tweet on the matter, Trump praised those working on the island to help those afflicted by the storm - with one conspicuous absence: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan with whom he clashed Saturday. Maria knocked out the island's power, caused an estimated $30 billion in damage and left residents struggling to obtain food, water and fuel.

At a news conference Saturday, Rossello wouldn't comment on Trump's tweets, saying he hadn't seen them and would not be drawn into a political fight.

Critics tore into President Trump after he targeted the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda among the loudest lashing back in response to the president's Saturday morning Twitter rant.

He also claimed "the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico" had demonstrated "poor leadership ability". "Totally unable to", Trump said, explaining the island's police and truck drivers are "substantially gone" on the island as they focus on their families or are unable to travel to work. Asked about Trump's suggestion that Puerto Ricans were not doing enough to help themselves, Long said, "I believe in the Puerto Ricans".

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"Damn it, this is not a good-news story". "I know there's a tendency for fatigue because we've just been through two hurricanes".

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.

Mr Trump is set to visit the island on Tuesday. "So help us", Cruz said. "They got a hard hit".

"When I see all this going bigger and bigger I'm really happy because all my friends around here in Erie you know they are different races. Please visit us, because we're going to give more and more thanks to all of you", she said. ". not a good news story".

Representative Jim Himes, Democrat of CT, drew comparisons between Mr. Trump's response to Hurricane Maria and President George W. Bush's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He's driving the truck to Cleveland so that goods can be shipped to people in need.

"Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. But it is a process in place to help rebuild the infrastructure and the power grids are shut down".

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