Trump slams Puerto Rico: "They want everything to be done for them"

Playing politics with hurricanes is a low-rent tactic

Mayor Cruz said her goal was to save lives without getting distracted by anything else. They've got the Army Corps of Engineers, that's right.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017...

The "politically motivated ingrate" he's referring to is nearly certainly Cruz, as it fits the pattern of POTUS's tweets from Saturday, when he lashed out at the San Juan mayor and the people of Puerto Rico who "want everything to be done for them".

"The recovery effort probably hasn't been seen for something like this", Trump said.

Cruz said all she wanted was for the federal government to do everything possible to ease the plight of millions of islanders still lacking food, electricity and fresh water.

Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday along with First Lady Melania Trump.

"The ones we hear from, all we're hearing is they are starving, thirsty". The problem is that the Trump administration won't allow them to do their jobs.

He continued: "We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this awful disaster".

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During his tweet attacks this morning, Trump called NBC and CNN " fake news " for reporting Cruz's cries for more aid. People wade into the San Lorenzo River after a bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria in Morovis, Puerto Rico .

But Gutierrez had more pointed criticism for the President, suggesting he ought to deploy the military forces with which he has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea to aid the distressed island.

Of course President Trump Tweeted this from the golf course, where he's enjoying some R&R this weekend.

She has been working 24/7.

Sen. Dick Durbin also plans to meet with leaders in the Puerto Rican community in Chicago Friday to discuss how to speed up federal assistance. "Fastest golf cart you ever took".

On Saturday morning, she responded to the president's tweet by saying nothing can distract from the priority of saving lives. But he warned that the U.S. Congress would need to help rebuild the island. This is the time to show our "true colors". But, he said, his administration's first responders are "amazing".

Speaking with the press, Secretary Duke said, "I am very satisfied".

But the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital, hit back at stories about how well the relief efforts are going.

The New York senator tells CBS' "Face the Nation" there's no question the administration's initial response to Hurricane Maria was "slow-footed, disorganized and not adequate".

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As he began a speech Friday to the National Association of Manufacturers, Trump said he was sending thoughts and prayers to people of Puerto Rico.

He said he was not aware of Ms Duke's "good-news" remark. "When you're drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story", she said.

"I always had faith in God, and I said I know these people are going to help me", she added.

WASHINGTON ― On Saturday, President Donald Trump turned disaster relief in Puerto Rico into a personal beef with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Trump is scheduled to visit the U.S. territory on Tuesday to review rescue efforts.

"When the President of the United States says something so racist & untrue, so false, it leaves a permanent stain with those who believe him", Mr. King tweeted. "Maybe too busy doing TV?"

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble", he tweeted.

In his tweets Saturday, Trump praised the military and first responders for "an fantastic job". Not fair to FR or effort! "Great people", Trump wrote. He's driving the truck to Cleveland so that goods can be shipped to people in need.

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Additional security forces and state police personnel have been deployed in these areas to prevent assembly of mourners. Cellular services, which remained suspended in different cities during the last three days, were restored.

"We will not rest...until Puerto Rico is safe".

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