Puerto Rico mayor hits out at US pres­i­dent

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - News -

The mayor of Puerto Rico’s storm-rav­aged cap­i­tal city has ac­cused the US gov­ern­ment of “killing us with in­ef­fi­ciency” in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Maria – spark­ing a fu­ri­ous re­sponse from Donald Trump.

The tropical cy­clone wreaked havoc when it hit the Caribbean is­land last month, leav­ing wide­spread dam­age and killing at least 16 peo­ple.

Car­men Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, im­plored the US pres­i­dent to “make sure some­body is in charge that is up to the task of sav­ing lives”.

But in a se­ries of tweets, Mr Trump said: “They want ev­ery­thing to be done for them when it should be a com­mu­nity ef­fort.”

He added: “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.”

Mr Trump has pledged to spare no ef­fort to help Puerto Rico re­cover from Maria’s ru­inous af­ter­math, and tweeted that mil­i­tary per­son­nel and first re­spon­ders had done “an amaz­ing job” de­spite hav­ing “no elec­tric, roads, phones etc”.

Puerto Rico, he said, “was to­tally de­stroyed” and “10,000 Fed­eral work­ers now on the is­land are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job”.

At a press con­fer­ence, Ms Cruz begged for ex­tra help.

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