The retired lieutenant general who was credited with turning around the government’s disastrous initial response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush, fired back at President Trump over his early morning tweets attacking Puerto Rican leaders.
“The mayor’s living on a cot, and I hope the president has a good day at golf,” CNN contributor and retired Army Lt. Russel L. Honoré said in an appearance on the news network.
“She’s trying to care for her people,” Honoré said. “She’s putting out a cry for help.”
Honoré said Trump needs to give Lt. General Jeff Buchanan, who was placed in charge Thursday of overseeing the U.S. military response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, “anything he thinks he wants.”
“[Trump should] order the NORTHCOM commander to be on scene. She has the order to give Gen. Buchanan anything he needs, and that’s what’s needed right now,” Honoré said. “We need more boots on the ground to help kick-start the system.”
Buchanan said Friday that there weren’t enough troops or equipment for the Puerto Rico recovery efforts but more would soon be sent.
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Earlier this week, Honoré criticized the Trump administration for not having done more to prepare for Hurricane Maria.
“It’s kind of like Katrina: We got it. We got it. Oh, sh–, send in the cavalry,” he told Bloomberg in an interview.
In a series of early-morning tweets Saturday sent from his New Jersey golf club, Trump attacked the “poor leadership” of San Juan’s mayor and other Puerto Rican officials.
“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. “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.”
Trump also accused Puerto Rican workers of not helping in the relief efforts.
“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” Trump said. “10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”