READ: Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Tweets ‘Mr President I Am Right Here Ready to Call You on Every Lie, Every Hypocrisy and Ill Fated Action Against the People of PR’


In a series of tweets, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded to President Donald Trump after he characterized her as “crazed,” said that Puerto Rican politicians are “incompetent or corrupt” and falsely claimed that Puerto Rico has been “already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any ‘place’ in history” following 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

Cruz promised to call the president out on “every lie, every hypocrisy and every ill fated action against the people of Puerto Rico,” adding that even his “insensitive, incapable, and vindictive” nature won’t allow him to escape the death of 3,000 on his watch.”

Cruz also took the president to task for his claim that Puerto Rico received $91 billion in hurricane relief.

This is false. In fact, a Washington Post report revealed that $11 billion has been sent to the island so far, far less than the $120 billion already spent in response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The $91 billion sum Trump cites is an estimate of Puerto Rico’s recovery over the next few decades.

“FAKE NEWS!” Cruz wrote, employing the president’s signature mantra against him. “Somebody save him from himself.”

Cruz later stressed that 3,000 people lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Maria and the aftermath that has left many still living in weather-damaged housing and conditions that have hosted a rise in suicides and suicide attempts.

It was only a matter of time before Cruz spoke out and she was praised for doing so.

This isn’t the first time that Cruz and Trump have sparred publicly.

In September 2018, Cruz criticized the president after he claimed his administration’s efforts in Puerto Rico “is one of the best jobs that has ever been done.”

“If he thinks the death of 3,000 people os [sic] a success God help us all,” Cruz said in part.

She added: “Can you imagine what he thinks failure looks like?”

Cruz’s comments came after the release of a Government Accountability Office report that found no evidence of the fraud or misappropriation of resources that Trump or Gidley suggests took place. The agency actually slammed FEMA, which Trump has often praised.

“FEMA did not have enough bilingual employees to communicate with local residents or translate documents,” the GAO wrote, which “resulted in further delays while staff were reshuffled from other disasters to Puerto Rico.”

A George Washington University study published in August 2018 revised the island’s official death toll to 2,975 people, many of whom died due to lack of aid, electricity, water, and access to medical care. The Trump administration shuffled its feet in response to the disaster and was savaged for offering aid remarkably quickly to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by comparison.

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