Saturday, 21 October, 2017

San Juan mayor in spotlight after Trump tweets

Puerto Ricans say US relief efforts failing them San Juan Mayor Pushes Trump On Hurricane Response
Erik Tate | 03 October, 2017, 02:48

President Donald Trump continues his attack on the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico on twitter after she criticized the government's response to Hurricane Maria.

At a news conference Saturday, Rossello wouldn't comment on Trump's tweets, saying he hadn't seen them and would not be drawn into a political fight.

Trump, who says he will visit the island Tuesday, has been slow to react to pleas, but quick to respond to criticism that he has given Puerto Rico less attention than he gave to Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey and Florida, where he keeps a second weekend home, after Irma.

In response, Trump turned hurricane relief into a partisan issue Saturday morning when he tweeted, "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". As of Friday evening, 95 percent of the Puerto Rico's population was still without power, and more than half of the island had no access to drinking water, according to the Department of Defense.

"Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody", he said.

Henry Jackson, deputy commissioner of the city's Office of Emergency Management, said in a phone interview from the island that his team had set up a distribution center inside the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan to handle the incoming donations from the U.S.

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More Puerto Ricans have received water and rationed food as an aid bottleneck has begun to ease, but many - especially outside the capital - remain desperate for necessities. As he spoke, someone in the crowd accused him of not caring about Puerto Rico. She also drove past still-flooded streets, twisted billboards and roofs with gaping holes, and offered encouragement to some of the emergency personnel the US government has on the ground. On Wednesday, the president attempted to reason that "a lot of people who work in shipping don't want the Jones Act lifted"; "I feel so badly for the people", he later added.

Appearing on television on Sunday, Cruz explained that "there's only one goal, and it's saving lives", adding that all she did "was ask for help".

Who would have ever thought we'd find ourselves here.

The Republican president has intensified his praise of federal response efforts in the United States territory after the mayor of the capital rebuked the efforts and American media continued to broadcast images of the havoc and suffering on the island. In Puerto Rico, where all imports must come by boat or plane, this has caused supplies to the island to come at increased prices. And the US military is working with Puerto Rican officials and the island's National Guard to reach those still cut off. The Trump administration placed business interests over the interests of Puerto Rico in delaying a waiver of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (also known as the Jones Act), which prohibits ships with foreign flags from docking on the island.

"People on the ground have the best information, so the mayor and the governor know the best what their own constituents are dealing with and you have to defer to them", Townsend said.

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