San Juan Mayor Says Trump’s Visit Was Just An Insulting Publicity Stunt
President Trump insulted the people of Puerto Rico with his visit on Tuesday, or at least that’s how the mayor of Puerto Rico’s largest city looks at his visit. That’s right. President Trump finally made his way to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria slammed the island leaving its inhabitants without electricity or clean drinking water.
The San Juan mayor said that Trump lacked “common courtesy” and referred to his as the “miscommunicator-in-chief.”
However, when she throws bricks she also throws bouquets, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz praised meetings with White House staff but said Trump missed a good opportunity when his visited. Cruz explained: “He minimized our suffering by saying that Katrina was a ‘real disaster.” Cruz went on to say that Trump’s comments were “insulting to the people of Puerto Rico.” During a meeting with Puerto Rican officials, Trump compared Hurricane Katrina’s death toll in 2005 to Hurricane Maria’s, which was significantly less.
This is not the first time Cruz has criticized Trump. The San Juan mayor also criticized the administration’s response to the disaster and, of course, Trump responded back to her with criticism of her leadership. Then on Tuesday, Cruz described Trump’s meeting with Puerto Rican officials as a “PR, 17-minute event.”
Cruz also pointed out “The terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions of people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation.” The San Juan mayor went on to blast his assertion that the Puerto Rico disaster was hitting the federal budget hard, calling the comment “insulting.”
Nonetheless, Cruz stated that the meetings with White House staff on Tuesday were productive, saying: “I really felt that the second part of the meetings today, with the White House staff, were conducive to bridging the gap between the disconnect of what they say is happening … and what really is happening.” Was Trump visit just a publicity stunt?