Trump insinuated that Democratic Party operatives told Cruz to criticize the president for not taking the appropriate tone when speaking about the recovery effort.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
...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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
...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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
“We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency, and the bureaucracy,” Cruz previously said of Trump’s response to the devastated island. “I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell.”
FEMA and the U.S. military have thousands of people on Puerto Rico, which has posed a logistical challenge to federal authorities since the island was devastated by two hurricanes. Almost all of the Island’s power systems, communications infrastructure, and clean water distribution were wiped out by the two storms.
Cruz’s comments lie in stark contrast to Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who is outspoken in his praise for Trump. Rossello has consistently characterized the federal government’s response as engaged and robust, saying Friday “I have to say that the administration has responded to our petitions. FEMA, Brock Long, has been on the phone virtually all the time with me, checking out how things are going.”
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: "The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2017
...The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2017
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