(National Sentinel) Tit for Tat in Puerto Rico: Political opponents of the president haven’t yet figured out that he’s a stiff counter-puncher, as they continue to believe they can launch haymakers at him and get away with it.
On Friday, San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz hammered President Donald J. Trump’s administration for being too slow with relief supplies and restoring electricity to the city and the island following Hurricane Maria’s devastation.
Cruz accused the administration of “killing us with the inefficiency,” adding she wanted to “make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”
That didn’t sit well with the president. In a series of tweets he fired back, defending the work “10,000 federal workers” on the island who were making great progress despite having to literally deal with apocalyptic conditions.
“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,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “They 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.”
Trump also 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.”
He added: “The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed,” and, “Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to “get Trump.” Not fair to FR or effort!”
Trump is right about the praise. As noted by Breitbart News:
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló praised President Donald Trump for his response to the island after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
“The president and the administration, every time we’ve asked them to execute, they’ve executed quickly,” Rosselló told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview on Friday morning.
Others have praised the Trump administration’s efforts in response to, again, the two previous Cat 4 storms that hit the U.S. in Texas and Florida. And in a sign that the administration was doing a good job from the outset, the losers in the mainstream media were silent in the days afterward, because there was nothing to criticize.
What’s more, Trump was right when he said Puerto Rico is “totally unable” to handle the catastrophe on its own. “They are working so hard, but there’s nothing left,” he said. “It’s been wiped out.” He also said the government is “fully engaged in the disaster and the response and recovery effort,” Fox News reported.
What’s he supposed to do, mayor, wave a magic wand and “poof” you some infrastructure?
The mayor’s sense of urgency is understandable, given the totality of the devastation to her city and to the island in general. But to lash out at Trump over a “slow” response — which is untrue to begin with — is unfair and sounds politically motivated.
Maybe instead of bitching in front of Trump-hating CNN, she should take more time to pitch in and help in her city’s recovery efforts.
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