San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz hit back at President Donald Trump's verbal attacks Tuesday, calling him "heartless" and "vengeful" for his comments following the failure of a massive disaster relief bill in the Senate over aid to the island nation.
"Let's fact check the president because he has become a fake news cartoon," Cruz said during an appearance on MSNBC. "First of all, Mr. President, 3,000 Puerto Ricans died on your watch. They died because your government was inefficient, ineffective, and unable to do its job. Secondly, again, you should fire whomever told you $91 billion were given to Puerto Rico," she added.
Trump on Monday called Yulin Cruz "crazed and incompetent" after Democrats stonewalled the bill from getting to a final floor vote over what they said was a lack of funds for Puerto Rico, still reeling from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.
Trump wrote on Twitter:
"The Democrats today killed a Bill that would have provided great relief to Farmers and yet more money to Puerto Rico despite the fact that Puerto Rico has already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any 'place" in history.
The people of Puerto Rico ... are GREAT, but the politicians are incompetent or corrupt."
Yulin Cruz said the president was holding $600 million in aid hostage, "because his vanity is much higher than his humanity is. $600 million to feed 1.3 million Puerto Rican people. What kind of man is he that he looks the other way when people need to be fed? He continues to embarrass himself. He continues to embarrass the office of the presidency."
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