San Juan Mayor Fires Back At Trump, Calls Him “Hater In Chief”

Posted October 12, 2017 3:36 pm by Category: THE ECONOMY Tags:

The Mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz fired back at President Trump after he said the US response to the hurricane-ravaged island couldn’t last “forever.”

“It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR,” Cruz tweeted Monday. “Shame on you!

And in a follow up tweet, she said Trump’s “comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a “Hater in Chief”.”

In a burst of tweet on Monday morning, Trump lashed out at the Puerto Rico recovery effort and said the federal response to the crisis in the U.S. territory couldn’t last “forever.”

“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump tweeted. Trump also said the island’s debt and infrastructure problems were complicating recovery efforts.

The feud between the US President and the San Juan mayor has grown over the past weeks ago, when Cruz emerged as a strong critic of the Trump administration’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico, saying the federal government has been slow to provide needed aid. Trump attacked Cruz on Twitter in late September, saying she had been “nasty” to him and accusing her of showing “poor leadership ability.”

In an interview this week, Cruz said she doesn’t care about Trump’s attacks against her. “This isn’t about me or politics. I’m not going to be the face you see out there just giving you a box of food for the photo op,” she told PRI.org. “I’m the face of the person who is going to make sure somebody gets that to you … so like the last scene of Gone With the Wind — ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.'”

Meanwhile, for whatever reason, still only 17% of Puerto Ricans currently have power, according to the government’s online tracker.