Carmen Yulín Cruz: San Juan's outspoken mayor in Donald Trump's crosshairs

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Trump's criticism of Cruz and of Puerto Ricans' efforts drew sharp retorts from mainland politicians, even from within his own Republican Party.

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz slammed President Trump for "killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy" after Hurricane Maria razed the island a week and a half ago. Thank you to the Governor of P.R. and to all of those who ware working so closely with our First Responders.

Trump, set to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday, also used his Saturday-morning Twitter microphone to attack the media's coverage of the response efforts. Schumer says Trump should focus on helping Puerto Rico instead of tweeting against Cruz, "who's watching her people die".

He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an incredible job".

Almost all of Puerto Rico has been left without power and running water after Maria ravaged the island, leaving at least 16 people dead.

Still, Trump hammered Cruz for her "poor leadership ability.and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said political differences shouldn't get in the way of relief work.

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In his discussion Long referred to the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico as "the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen", prompting the internet to ask the following question: "R u serious, bro?"

There was no time for our scheduled interview, but she invited us to come along, so we jumped in the tray of the big, black truck for a high-speed pelt along the highways of San Juan, tailed by ambulances and police.

He made his remarks after Cruz on Friday night harshly criticised acting US Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who on Thursday hailed the efforts of federal authorities to resolve the humanitarian crisis as "really a good-news story".

Cruz also implied that Puerto Rico had received far more help from corporations and private entities than from the federal government.

"The mayor is living on a cot", Honore said.

Blumenthal adds the temporary suspension of the Jones Act, which requires goods shipped between points in the United States to be carried by USA built and operated boats, does not go far enough. However, many remain desperate for necessities, most urgently water, long after the September 20 hurricane.

Cruz responded to Trump's attack by saying she had no time for petty politics when lives were at stake. He said 11 regional staging areas have been receiving food and water across the island and that telecommunication has been restored in several key municipalities, including San Juan.

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