A day after warning Puerto Rico that the federal response on the hurricane-ravaged island won’t last “forever,” President Trump on Friday tweeted a message of reassurance to its residents.
“The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the H’s. I will always be with them!” Trump tweeted, referring to hurricanes and the antiquated infrastructure that exited before Hurricane Irma struck Sept. 20.
On Thursday, the president sent a series of tweets about his administration’s efforts on the island of 3.4 million that drew condemnation.
“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” he said.
“Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes,” he said, adding that Congress will have to decide how much federal funds to appropriate to the beleaguered island.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been sharply criticized Trump, lashed out at him Thursday.
“@POTUS It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you.!” She tweeted and called him a “Hater in Chief.”
She also released a scathing statement, in which she said her constituents have been frustrated by the “devastating actions, time after time, by a President whose tweets, comments and actions seem to be taken out of a book on how to add insult to injury rather than a book on how to help during a humanitarian crisis.”
“He is simply incapable of understanding the contributions, the sacrifices and the commitment to democratic values that Puerto Ricans have shown over decades,” she wrote.
“His actions are unbecoming of a leader of the free world,” she continued. “It is not that you do not get it, it is that you are incapable of empathy and frankly cannot get the job done.”