FEMA's Long: No time for mayor's 'spout off,' focused on Puerto Rico

Tuesday, 03 Oct, 2017

- President Trump on Saturday defended his administration's hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico and cast blame on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz who is criticizing the president's effort to get supplies, electricity and other relief to the U.S. Island.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who was called on by the Pentagon to lead hurricane relief efforts on Thursday, has said that what is now being done for Puerto Rico isn't enough.

According to government officials, 16 people have died as a result of Hurricane Maria screaming onto Puerto Rico's shore September 20.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort. will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", Trump said on Friday.

Many others have also jumped onto Twitter to criticize Trump, particularly after his latest "ingrate" tweet.

He wrote: "She has been working 24/7".

Comedian Rob Delaney, meanwhile, tweeted, "You literally sent this from a golf course you fat bigot".

"You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. You have been GOLFING", Miranda added in a follow-up tweet.

The President is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"I am very satisfied", Duke said.

A debris covered street caused when the Arecibo River overflowed is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Long on Sunday also pointed to a recent Washington Examiner story in which another mayor said Cruz, a Democrat, has missed several recovery-effort meetings with USA military and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.

Though more than 1 million Puerto Ricans have now received water and food rations, telecommunications have only been restored to 30 percent of the island.

Trump has intensified his praise of the federal response in the United States territory after the mayor of the capital made clear those efforts fell short and American media continued to broadcast images of the havoc and suffering on the island that belied his words.

We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this bad disaster.

The singer began tweeting at Trump on Tuesday ― nearly a week after Maria hit Puerto Rico - with a story from The Shade Room that offered an update on conditions in the hurricane-ravaged USA territory.

Long's comments come after President Trump in a slew of tweets on Saturday accused Cruz of poor leadership.