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San Juan Mayor to Trump: Goal is Saving Lives, Not Distraction

San Juan Mayor to Trump: Goal is Saving Lives, Not Distraction

"No long lines for you". "What we'll do - and the president has already done it - is give a 180-day cost-share adjustment, and the federal government is making sure lives are protected". "We need to restore the electricity power, we need to restore our roads, we need to restore communications, we need to start moving the diesel around the island".

"I saw it as a personal difference with the mayor of San Juan", he said. "Not at all. I have plenty of time on my hands. But when people are suffering and dying, and that's my family, I'm beyond offended". But his response to the Hurricane Maria disaster in Puerto Rico has been markedly different, in both actions and words.

Duke was one of several members of the Trump administration Thursday to push back against reporting that the federal government was slow to respond to the storm, which knocked out power and left Puerto Rico's 3.4 million people short of food and water. 'Yep, we're a colony.

It is instructive to compare his tweets, often the most authentic representation of his thoughts. There are people literally just modeling their uniforms.

18 tweets. 11 hours. And then he spoke of Puerto Rico's debt load of more than $70 billion. "Docks & electric grid dead". Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.

"There's a lot of food coming in, a lot of water, a lot of medical assistance". Gutierrez said he wants to know why the relief isn't flowing quickly enough to Puerto Rico.

Trump spoke at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington.

Trump also has come under fire in recent days from some United States lawmakers, who accuse him of not giving sufficient importance to the situation and responding too slowly to the crisis in Puerto Rico, where the electrical infrastructure was totally destroyed and people are having to wait in extremely long lines for food, fuel, water and cash.

"We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe". These are great people.

Puerto Ricans have defended Cruz. The hurricane has killed at least 16 people, according to the official death toll. "As one woman said, 'I don't even have a bucket'".

"Well, maybe from where she is standing it's a good news story".

She spoke with CNN's Anderson Cooper Friday night, while wearing a shirt saying "help us, we are dying". It's not a "good news story".

"Damn it, this is not a good-news story".

"He didn't have this reaction for Harvey or Irma", said Breban in Atlanta. The Wisconsin Republican said he expects the Trump administration to send Congress a request for a long-term recovery package once damage assessments are conducted.

Cruz's plea for aid challenges Trump's praise of the disaster response. Rossello, however, has also called for more aid, telling NBC on Friday that the effort is "not where it needs to be". Congressman Gutierrez will be on the ground in Puerto Rico until Sunday.

Trump's willingness to divide, to turn every situation in which he is questioned or criticized into an "us" vs "them" is well documented by now. Chicagoans with ties to Puerto Rico have been raising money and collecting donations to help.


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