READ: Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Tweets ‘ If He Thinks the Death of 3,000 People Is a Success God Help Us All’


San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz criticized President Donald Trump after he claimed his administration’s efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria “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?”

A George Washington University study published last month 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. Many joined the San Juan mayor in slamming the president.

Trump responded soon after, giving his administration “A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida,” adding that they “did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico.” He also called Cruz “incompetent.”

The Trump administration was plagued by scandals related to its response to the storm, however, as Second Nexus pointed out yesterday:

The awarding of the multimillion dollar electrical restoration contract to a company with no disaster experience that belonged to a friend of a cabinet member brought allegations of corruption and cronyism. The official death toll remains unresolved. And getting into Twitter feuds with both the Governor of Puerto Rico and the mayor of San Juan hurt the Trump administration’s public image.

The president was also derided as callous and insensitive for an appearance during which he tossed paper towels into a crowd of hurricane victims.

A POLITICO investigation found the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Harvey was “faster and greater, at least initially” than its response to Hurricane Maria:

No two hurricanes are alike, and Harvey and Maria were vastly different storms that struck areas with vastly different financial, geographic and political situations. But a comparison of government statistics relating to the two recovery efforts strongly supports the views of disaster-recovery experts that FEMA and the Trump administration exerted a faster, and initially greater, effort in Texas, even though the damage in Puerto Rico exceeded that in Houston.

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