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‘They Want Everything To Be Done For Them’: Trump Hits Back At Puerto Rico Criticism

Updated 1 p.m. ET Saturday

President Trump heads to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday and in a array of tweets early Saturday morning, shielded his administration’s doing of a liberation bid while attack behind during Carmen Yulín Cruz, a mayor of San Juan.

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was unequivocally nominal usually a few days ago, has now been told by a Democrats that we contingency be nasty to Trump,” he wrote.

“Such bad care ability by a Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not means to get their workers to help. They … wish all to be finished for them when it should be a village effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a illusory job.”

Trump went on to censure a media, tweeting, “The Fake News Networks are operative overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take a suggestion divided from a soldiers and initial R’s. Shame!”

Cruz took to chatter Saturday after Trump finished his remarks. “The idea is one: saving lives. This is a time to uncover a ‘true colors’. We can't be dreaming by anything else,” Cruz wrote alongside photographs of service work on a island.

Tensions over Washington’s doing of a liberation bid boiled over Friday as a weeping Cruz pronounced during a press conference, “We are failing here” and called on President Trump to put someone in assign of a service bid who “is adult to a assign of saving lives.”

Cruz’s comments came after Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke told reporters during a White House on Thursday that a administration’s response so distant “is a good-news story in terms of a ability to strech people.” She also pronounced a genocide fee had been low for a assign a distance of Hurricane Maria.

“She pronounced that?” asked an dubious Cruz during an talk with CNN.

“Maybe from where she’s station it’s a good news story. When you’re celebration from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When we don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story. … I’m contemptible though that unequivocally upsets me and frustrates me,” Cruz said.

“Dammit, this is not a good-news story. This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a life or genocide story,” she added.

At a news discussion on Friday, Cruz said, “I am finished being polite. we am finished being politically correct. we am insane as hell.”

“If we don’t get a food and a H2O into people’s hands what we are going to see is something tighten to a genocide,” she said.

The Navy’s sanatorium boat Comfort departs from Norfolk, Va., to support whirly service efforts in Puerto Rico.

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The Navy’s sanatorium boat Comfort departs from Norfolk, Va., to support whirly service efforts in Puerto Rico.

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At a press discussion Saturday, Ricardo Rosselló, administrator of Puerto Rico, seemed to urge a Trump administration, nonetheless Reuters reports he pronounced he had not seen Trump’s Saturday tweets. “Whatever we have asked for this effort, they have delivered,” Rosselló said.

But he combined that some-more needs to be done. “If Congress doesn’t take movement with a poignant package, afterwards we are looking during a probable charitable crisis.”

Puerto Rico, home to some-more than 3 million U.S. citizens, has had singular food, bottled H2O and medical reserve given Hurricane Maria struck 9 days ago. Few buildings have generator-supplied electricity, that is contingent on wanting fuel.

As NPR’s Greg Allen and Marisa Penaloza have reported, many hospitals are still close down. Those that are open are handling on only puncture generator energy and can offer unequivocally singular services. Some communities are still flooded in parts. The placement of most indispensable diesel fuel is hampered by a miss of lorry drivers.

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So distant during slightest 16 have died, according to The Associated Press.

Perhaps in response to Cruz’s desirous retort, Secretary Duke followed a debate of a island with a news discussion Friday and said, “Despite operative together, we know that a people of Puerto Rico and a U.S. Virgin Islands are suffering.”

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“The President and we will not be entirely satisfied, however, until each Puerto Rican is behind home, a energy is behind on, purify H2O is entirely available, schools and hospitals are entirely open, and a Puerto Rican economy is working,” pronounced Duke.

In remarks to a National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, Trump also shielded his administration’s response to a predicament in Puerto Rico.

“Ultimately a supervision of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to establish how this large rebuilding bid — it will finish adult being one of a biggest ever — will be saved and organized, and what we will do with a extensive volume of existent debt already on a island,” pronounced Trump.

“We will not rest, however, until a people of Puerto Rico are safe,” he added.

Trump, in a twitter progressing this week, initial related a responsibility of a liberation bid with Puerto Rico’s inability to repay some-more than $70 billion in debt due to Wall Street.

Still, Cruz, in her CNN appearance, left small doubt that she is looking to a White House for help.

“Mr. Trump, we desire we to take assign and save lives,” she said.

NPR’s Mandalit del Barco spoke to 8-year-old Yan Anthony Hernandez, who is staying during a preserve in a city of Aguadilla on Puerto Rico’s northwestern coast. The child had a summary for Trump.

“Stop tweeting and come assistance a people.”