Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor who begged for more help

Now even money is running out in storm-hit Puerto Rico

Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor who begged for more help

After returning to Puerto Rico in 1992, she began her career in politics, starting out as an advisor for the San Juan mayor and for the president of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives.

"There's been no help from Fema nor from the federal government nor from anyone", said Elisa Gonzalez, 49.

Trump insisted Friday that his administration was doing an "incredible job" with relief efforts.

Trump has been criticized for his response to the most recent hurricane, Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean.

Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, tweeted his harsh criticism of Trump earlier in the day.

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda did not mince words in his message to Donald Trump following the President's Saturday morning Twitter attacks on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

This is after accusing the San Juan mayor of poor leadership and being unable to get workers to help the US territory recover.

'They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort'.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort. will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", Trump said on Friday.

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Trump also lashed out Saturday at media coverage of disaster response, saying "fake news CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump, '" and other networks are "working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's".

Numerous others have been scathing in their criticism, pointing out that the "workers" Trump addressed are US citizens who are struggling to rebuild after a crisis with limited food, water and electricity supplies.

The official count is 16, though locals suspect that that number is much higher when taking into account, for example, people on life support who died when the power cut out. The military official in charge of the relief efforts admitted the cleanup will take a long time.

Trump's comments drew swift condemnation on the mainland.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but due to the territory's status do not vote in presidential elections and have no voice in Congress.

"What you have not shown, however, is the federal effort of what we've got in place down there".

"But if you see the numbers", he said, "you see there is a steady path to improvement".

FEMA announced that Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have received 6.5 million liters of water and 4.4 million kids meals.

Authorities said in a conference call that power has been restored to only 5 per cent of the island; telecommunications to 33 per cent; and water to half of the island. "I will continue to do whatever I need to do, say whatever I need to say, compliment the people I need to compliment, and call out the people that I need to call out", she added.

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