Trump lashed out at San Juan's mayor after she begged for help in Puerto Rico



San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz (L) hugs a woman during her visit to an elderly home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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In a truly low moment among low moments, President Donald Trump attacked Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday morning after she criticized his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria. 

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” Trump tweeted early Saturday. 

“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. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.” 

Trump lashed out after Mayor Cruz made an emotional plea for help Friday. 

“If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy,” she said. 

“So Mr. Trump, I beg you, take charge and save us,” she added. 

Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 and devastated the island. Experts have estimated nearly all of Puerto Rico could be without power for months, and aid efforts to the U.S. territory have been slower than they were for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in Florida and Texas. 

Trump’s comments attacking a mayor trying to get help for her devastated city were so extreme that they immediately brought on condemnations, including from Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has advocated for aid for Puerto Rico. 

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