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Copy-Trump blames San Juan mayor, Democrats over Puerto Rico response

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Trump said U.S. military teams and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were doing "amazing work"; he credited the island's governor and others with a "fantastic job", and said those who disagreed were "Fake News or politically motivated ingrates".

US President Donald Trump on Saturday initiated an attack when he castigated at the Puerto Rico politicians for criticising the US relief efforts on the island following Hurricane Maria.

Schumer says Trump should focus on helping Puerto Rico instead of tweeting against Cruz, "who's watching her people die".

"...People are now starting to recognize the awesome work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military", Trump continued.

The mayor said the problem in the relief effort to Puerto Rico is not with the staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other federal agencies working to help the island, but with a lack of sufficient resources.

Today, the president is saying that "they" (meaning either officials or residents of Puerto Rico) are not doing enough themselves to recover from the crisis left by Hurricane Maria, and that "they want everything to be done for them".

FR was likely a typo meant to be "PR" meaning Puerto Rico.

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He added that he would encourage Cruz to come alongside Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello and other officials "who are focusing on continuing to make the steady progress that we are making in Puerto Rico".

Trump has repeatedly touted the response effort, suggesting that Puerto Rico's poor infrastructure and "massive debt" is to blame for the United States territory's ongoing crisis.

Cruz complained in multiple interviews about the US administration's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

After showing and reading the tweet in which Trump accused Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of being "nasty" and attacking him because Democrats told her to, Che says, "Oh really, Donald?" "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", he said, referring to those suffering as "they", and distancing the idea that "they" are "us"-citizens who should expect their government to step in during times of need, just as they did in Houston and Florida".

So on Saturday night, SNL's season premiere opened with Alec Baldwin reprising his role as President Trump-and they went straight after his response to Puerto Rico.

"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy", Cruz said at a Friday news conference. "Where is there good news here?"

Saturday Night Live host Michael Che discussed President Trump in September 20, 2017 episode.


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