Trump slams mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico over hurricane relief effort

Trump slams mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico over hurricane relief effort

Duke was named to temporarily replace John Kelly after Trump named him White House chief of staff. Trump has not nominated a permanent replacement.

Thursday, Duke stirred controversy when referring to the government's response in Puerto Rico as a "good news story".

"This is an island", he said, "surrounded by water".

Later on Friday, the mayor held a press conference to criticize the Trump administration's efforts, reports The Hill. "The results that we've had with respect to loss of life - people can't believe how successful that has been, relatively speaking".

Cruz, 54, was born and raised in San Juan, according to a biography on Puerto Rico's Chamber of Commerce website. Which, I gave them to Comerío, where people are drinking out of a creek. "That is why we are here".

On the same show, Long said island residents are "pulling their weight", contrary to Trump's accusation that Cruz and other Puerto Rican leaders "want everything to be done for them".

Trump went on Twitter on Saturday and, in an increasingly familiar theme, first emphasised how means his critics are, saying Cruz was "very complimentary only a few days ago" but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump". "We're literally starting from scratch". Marco Rubio had sent representatives to Puerto Rico.

Pop star Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter: "I this it's clear where the "poor leadership" lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States".

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright may have been the most direct but he was hardly the only celebrity to blast Trump for somehow finding it appropriate to play politics with a national tragedy. When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story.

That prompted a sharp retort from San Juan's mayor in a CNN interview.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz had accused the Trump administration of "killing us with the inefficiency" and asked to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives", according to The Wall Street Journal.

"Maybe from where she's standing, it's a good news story".

On top of that, Puerto Rico has a shortage of diesel fuel, which is needed to power the semi-trucks. "This is a 'people are dying" story.

Trump had begun his cushy weekend with a tirade of tweets about the unraveling crisis in Puerto Rico, promoting his upcoming trip to the island, and complaining about the "Fake News Media".

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city in a war of words over recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria smashed into the US territory.

Trump is quoting praise from Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, who says the president and the Trump administration have "delivered" for the USA territory. "Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!"

"Puerto Rico was totally destroyed".

Trump is expected to survey the damage Tuesday.