San Juan Mayor Scores Trump’s Puerto Rico Response 1/10: He ‘Lives in an Alternative Reality’
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump patted himself on the back over the White House’s response to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, giving himself a score of 10/10. This was during a Washington meeting with the Puerto Rico governor, who told reporters that there was still a lot needed from the federal government.
This morning, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz hit back at Trump’s generous self-assessment and tossed out her reasons why the administration deserves a “failing grade.” Cruz, who has been a fierce critic of Trump’s in the wake of the U.S. territory’s humanitarian crisis, told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota the only way it would be acceptable to accept Trump’s “10” score:
“Well, if it’s a ten out of a scale of 100, of course,” Cruz quipped, adding that FEMA has admitted it hasn’t been able to provide enough generators to hospitals or canvasses for destroyed roofs. She further noted that while the federal government has “stepped up its game, it still isn’t enough.”
“So I think the president lives in an alternative reality world that only he believes the things that he’s saying but certainly people are still without electricity,” the mayor stated. “We knew it was going to take a long time for that to happen but the basic services are still not there yet and there doesn’t seem to be any sight of how it’s supposed to go.”
Camerota went on to press Cruz to give her own score on the president’s response on a one-to-ten scale.
“One. One,” Cruz answered. “The administration has been unresponsive. They go back and forth. The president first says Katrina was a real disaster and yesterday says, this is worse than Katrina.”
The mayor continued by explaining that the response to the U.S. Virgin Islands has also been extremely slow and noted that food hasn’t made it to various areas of Puerto Rico
Cruz wasn’t the only one this morning who mocked Trump’s boast. Prior to her appearance, CNN host Chris Cuomo called it a “laughable assertion.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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