President Donald Trump shifted from defending his administration’s approach to blasting the San Juan mayor for her “poor leadership ability”, regarding the situation in storm-battered Puerto Rico, Bloomberg reports.
In a series of Saturday morning tweets, Trump said that Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, “who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”
“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” Trump wrote.
A day earlier, Trump defended his administration’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria amid rising criticism on the island and in Congress that more resources are needed to help residents cope with life-threatening conditions.
Cruz blasted acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for telling reporters at the White House that the relief efforts were “a good-news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place.”
A week after getting slammed by Maria, Puerto Ricans continued to endure sweaty, dark nights, with a resolution to the near-total power outage nowhere in sight.
Mobile-phone coverage improved gradually, but many residents still had no way of reaching loved ones outside their communities, and rural areas still had impassable roads, Bloomberg writes.