San Juan Mayor Still Needs Trump To ‘Get Out Of The Way’

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO--OCT. 2, 2017--San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz believes this is not the time for politics, including the discussion of statehood for Puerto Rico. She says all should come together to try to help the island recover. The debate over whether or not Puerto Rico should be given statehood has surfaced again with the attention hurricane Maria brought to the island. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 2: San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz believes this is not the time for politics, including the discussion of statehood for Puerto Rico. She says all should come together to try to help ... SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 2: San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz believes this is not the time for politics, including the discussion of statehood for Puerto Rico. She says all should come together to try to help the island recover. The debate over whether or not Puerto Rico should be given statehood has surfaced again with the attention hurricane Maria brought to the island. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is still not holding back when responding to President Donald Trump’s remarks.

During an appearance on CNN Tuesday night, Cruz disputed Trump’s latest tweet taking aim at Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria recovery funds last year, as another storm approaches the island.

Cruz said that the $92 billion appropriation that Trump mentioned in his tweet was not true and that the recovery relief amount was close to $42 billion. She noted that only $12.6 to $14 billion have come to Puerto Rico.

“Still, things have not worked appropriately. Things continue to change,” Cruz said, citing “different attitudes and different laws and restrictions” brought upon Puerto Rico that are different from any other jurisdiction.

Cruz then pointed out that “it appears that FEMA has learned some of the lessons from the past from Irma and Maria” when it comes to supplies and shelter.

“I got off the phone [FEMA’s director in Puerto Rico] and it appears they have, you know, 3.2 million liters of water. They have five warehouses there in Puerto Rico,” Cruz said. “He told me they have around 200,000 blue roofs — blue tarps, sorry. So, you know, it seems like some people have learned the lessons of the past or are willing to say that they didn’t do right by us the first time and they are trying to do their best.”

Cruz, however, said that sentiment “is not the case with the President of the United States.”

“We are not going to be concerned by frankly his behavior, his lack of understanding and it is ludicrous,” Cruz said. “3,000 Puerto Ricans did not open their eyes this morning because this racist man did not have it within him to do his job.”

Cruz concluded the segment by saying that Trump needs to “get out of the way.”

“Let the people that can do the job get the job done,” Cruz said.

Watch the San Juan mayor’s response below:

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