Puerto Rico mayor hits out at US president
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.