The White House responded to the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, over her public criticism of the administration’s handling of the recovery effort. Administration officials also accused the Democratic mayor of exercising shockingly, “poor leadership,”: during this crisis.
As President Trump prepares to visit Puerto Rico, and observe the recovery effort, administration officials speculated that Mayor Cruz would be unable to make it to a meeting with Trump because she, “might be too busy doing TV.” The official continued, “She has been invited to FEMA command center several times to see operations and be part of efforts but so far has refused to come, maybe too busy doing TV?”
In a series of tweets, the President stated, “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.” He also knocked the, “poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.”
In another tweet, the President argued that the bureaucrats of Puerto Rico, “want everything to be done for them.” And explained that recovery should be a community effort. The only government officials working are the federal workers that Trump has sent in to assist in recovery, noting the, “10,000 Federal workers now on Island [are] doing a fantastic job.”
Carmen Yulin Cruz, Democratic Mayor of San Juan – the capital of Puerto Rico – had said in her hundreds of media appearances since the hurricanes hit that Puerto Rico needs more aid than the federal government is providing. Dan Scavino, the president’s social media director, bashed Mayor Cruz, calling he nothing more than, “an opportunistic politician.”
Mayor Cruz responded, claiming that her is not at all politics driven and stated, “It’s not about politics, it’s not about petty comments, it’s about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives,” she added. “I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency,” Cruz stated at a press conference on Friday.
Brock Long, FEMA administrator too expressed that he isn’t too fond of Mayor Cruz, explaining that – despite her hundreds of photo-ops and media appearances, she has not yet put in the work to coordinate with FEMA. “The problem is, if you’re not connected into that joint field office, then you don’t understand commander’s’ intent” Long said. “You don’t understand the successes of what’s been done versus what needs to be done where the gaps are,” he concluded.