JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday scoffed at “politically motivated ingrates” who had questioned his administration’s dedication to rebuilding Puerto Rico after a pulverizing hurricane and stated the federal authorities had achieved “an ideal job with the just about inconceivable state of affairs.”
Trump’s newest tweets sought to defend Washington’s attentiveness to restoration efforts on a U.S. territory in dire straits virtually two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck. The president spent Saturday ensconced in his New Jersey golf membership and on Sunday attended a world golf competitors close to New York Metropolis.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Friday accused the Trump administration of “killing us with the inefficiency” after the storm. She begged the president, who is about to go to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, to “be sure someone is in cost that’s as much as the duty of saving lives,” and appealed for assist “to save lots of us from dying.”
Cruz stated Sunday that “there’s just one aim, and it’s saving lives,” including that each one she did “was ask for assist.”
“I do know the great coronary heart of the American individuals and I do know that when a mayday sound goes off, they arrive to the rescue,” she stated in a tv interview.
Trump, in the meantime, appeared unconcerned with the optics of spending his Sunday afternoon watching The Presidents Cup on the Liberty Nationwide Golf Membership because the disaster continued.
Trump watched from contained in the commissioner’s hospitality suite perched above the course’s 14th gap, and waved a number of occasions at information cameras positioned briefly on the grass under.
He’ll even be serving to to current a trophy to the event’s profitable group.
Trump spent years hammering his predecessor, Barack Obama, each for enjoying golf and leaving Washington too typically.
“President Obama ought to have gone to Louisiana days in the past, as an alternative of golfing,” he tweeted in August of final yr, after extreme flooding within the state. “Too little, too late!”
Trump’s weekend tweets have proven him to be contemptuous of any complaints a few laggard U.S. response to the pure catastrophe that has imperiled the island’s future. He has repeatedly blamed the press for what he sees as unfair protection of the state of affairs on the bottom, the place energy is out and many individuals are with out meals, water and gasoline.
“We’ve achieved a fantastic job with the just about unimaginable state of affairs in Puerto Rico. Outdoors of the Pretend Information or politically motivated ingrates … individuals at the moment are…