Donald Trump arrived in Puerto Rico with the first lady and showered praise on the governor of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the various members of the government who assisted in the recovery. Yet, he pointedly ignored San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, and it gets worse.
The thin-skinned leader of the free world heavily criticized the mayor and continues to hold a heavy grudge against her. She was the only one who did not get an opportunity to speak, and officials placed her at the end of the table, out of the camera’s eye.
Cruz criticized 45 on television and he rained down a storm of poisonous tweets on her head. According to The Independent, she responded:
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‘”I have mouths to feed and frankly, sir, you can insult me all you want. I can take it. But when you call my people ingrates — it’s more than an utter insult, it is a sublime acknowledgment that you don’t know our hearts,” she said. “I respect the office of the presidency of the United States, but I expect whoever holds it to respect the people I represent. … Talking about ingrates, to me that is an insult, it is indignity and perhaps I will accomplish more out on the streets saving lives.”‘
Mayor Cruz speculated that the president’s tweets were to “spite” her. She said:
‘This is not a “let me see how I can dress [it] up to exaggerate” thing and it pains me that some people can’t see it. And it pains me that some people refuse to provide whatever they can provide. Just to spite us.’
The White House administration was snarky, saying Cruz was “too busy” doing interviews on television to participate in the hurricane relief. Nevermind that she had been wading through raw sewage to help her people. They did invite her to join a White House conference call on Monday to discuss the response to the hurricane damage.
Then, they muted her line so that she could not join the conversation. Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert focused the discussion on how the federal government could improve how it handles hurricanes.
Mayor Cruz told the Independent she had a “listening capacity only.”
‘I was invited to participate in a conference via a text. I did. When I went into the call it said you are allowed in a listening capacity only … so I listened.’
Check out this video of Donald Trump saying how well his efforts in Puerto Rico went via CNN: