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Trump slams mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico over hurricane relief effort

02 October 2017

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says Trump should stop wasting time attacking Puerto Rico officials who are seeking hurricane relief and "roll up his sleeves and get to work".

Ten days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the US territory's governor approved a moratorium on rent payments for those living in public housing as residents struggle to recover from the devastating storm.

She implored the president, who is set to visit the US territory on Tuesday, to "make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives". Trump will visit the island on Tuesday.

In fact, they were downright furious that Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States, is not receiving the same level of aid as places like Florida and Texas in the wake of the latest hurricane season, with many pointing out that Trump was disparaging Cruz while he himself takes a golfing vacation. "If we don't get the food and the water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide".

In response to Trump writing that the people of Puerto Rico should "not believe the #FakeNews" when it comes to accurate reporting on the humanitarian crisis in their home country following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Kardashian wrote, "They don't have power to watch the news!"

Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló told reporters that over the next two days, more than half a million barrels of diesel fuel and almost 1 million barrels of gasoline would reach Puerto Rico.

As of this morning, just over half of Puerto Rico's gas stations had reopened and Rossello said additional fuel will be arriving throughout next week.

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His comments were echoed by Catalonia's ombudsman, Rafael Ribo, who called on police to stop all violent actions against citizens. Manjón added that the police took photos of people inside the polling station with one policeman telling him: "I've got you".

'They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort'. "But they just don't have the resources", she said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

The President's tweets drew a scorching response from the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Bennie Thompson, who called them "abhorrent", adding that it was "pathetic that the president has made a decision to attack - with the not so subtle veil of racism and sexism - those desperately begging for his help".

"Today, I am alone", said 89-year-old Georgina Penalver in the central town of Comerio, who spent her time praying as Hurricane Maria lashed the island, and who has been unable to get through to her eight children in the mainland.

Yulín Cruz tweeted shortly after Trump, saying that the only goal was "saving lives".

Dozens were killed in Puerto Rico and much of the island was left without electricity or necessary supplies.

"Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an awesome job is being done in Puerto Rico", he tweeted in a string of posts that praised local leaders who have been kinder in their comments about his performance. But many remain desperate for water and other necessities. "I haven't heard what she said", he told reporters.

"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said. Bush famously told his emergency management director, Michael Brown, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" during what proved to be a tragically inept federal response to deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Trump slams mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico over hurricane relief effort