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San Juan Mayor Fires Back At Trump Attacks On Puerto Ricans: I’ll Say What I Have To Say To Save Lives

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San Juan Mayor Fires Back At Trump Attacks On Puerto Ricans: I’ll Say What I Have To Say To Save Lives




San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz responded to a personal attack from President Trump on Saturday, saying the hurricane relief effort is not about politics or “petty comments.”

“It’s not about politics, it’s not about petty comments, it’s about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives,” Cruz told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on “AM Joy.”

Cruz was responding to Trump’s early-morning tweets on Saturday, claiming that Democrats told Cruz to attack Trump and accusing her of “poor leadership.”

“Actually, I was asking for help. I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president,” Cruz responded.

“This is a time when everyone shows their true colors. I have no time for distractions. All I have is time for people to move forward, to get help,” she continued.

“I will continue to do what I have to do, say what I have to say, compliment the people that I have to compliment, and call out the people that I need to call out,” Cruz added.

Trump’s attacks on Cruz come a day after she issued an emotional plea for help and criticized the federal government’s aid effort as inefficient.



“The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, sharply rebuked the Trump administration’s efforts to aid the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and delivered an emotional plea to “anyone who can hear us to save us all,” Cruz said.

The Trump administration placed Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan in charge of the military relief operations Thursday, but even he acknowledged on Friday that the Defense Department has not sent enough troops and vehicles to the island.

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