President Trump took to Twitter this morning to respond to the Mayor of San Juan's recent plea for help in the wake of Hurricane Maria's destruction, immediately drawing criticism as word of his harsh commentary continues to spread.
Yesterday (Sept. 29) Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz held an emotional news conference, during which she pleaded for help from the U.S., putting "political correctness" aside to help further put it into perspective just how drastic the situation is.
"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy," Cruz said Friday at a news conference, surrounded by some donated supplies. "This is what we got last night: four pallets of water, three pallets of meals and 12 pallets of infant food — which I gave them to the people of Comerio, where people are drinking off a creek. So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell."
Trump's response arrived a day later, taking to Twitter Saturday morning to criticize the mayor for "poor leadership ability," resulting in an onslaught of outraged commentary, including from the likes of Lady Gaga, John Legend, Moby and Lin-Manual Miranda, among others, who have each been utilizing their platforms to tirelessly advocate for hurricane relief efforts.
"Such poor leadership aility by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help," Trump stated in a series of tweets. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."
He also exclaimed that Cruz had been told "by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump," pointing out that the mayor was previously "very complimentary only a few days ago."
In response, Trump's remarks have been met with tons of backlash, with many posting photos of Cruz on the ground helping residents and pointing out that the president is currently at his golf course.
Take a look at some of the ongoing commentary below.
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
She has been working 24/7.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 30, 2017
You have been GOLFING.
You're going straight to hell.
Fastest golf cart you ever took. https://t.co/5hOY23MBvQ
I this it's clear where the 'poor leadership' lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This is our responsibility.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2017
Trump continues to dominate the shittiest president ever competition https://t.co/mUOiLfpfLT— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 30, 2017
It's worth asking why we spend $600 billion a year on the military if we can't get more than 5000 troops and 50 helicopters to Puerto Rico.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 29, 2017
The Jews don't need your stupid thoughts, go help Puerto Rico. https://t.co/il9CPO1xhO— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 29, 2017
Mayor Carmen Cruz has gone door to door saving lives. You're tweeting from your golf course. https://t.co/Ee269vQ80h— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) September 30, 2017