US President Donald Trump is under fire for painting a false picture of the relief efforts for Puerto Rico through his tweets. The Trump administration is accused of not doing enough for the hurricane-battered island but on Sunday, Trump defensed US efforts to bring relief to Puerto Rico, inciting a reaction from the people as one island official said that Trump was trying to gloss over ‘things that are not going well’.
The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, asked for more help to bring relief to Puerto Rico, which has been left without electricity, fresh water and food supplies after Hurricane Maria ravaged the US Island. However, instead of assuring his support, President Trump launched a Twitter attack against her and said; “we have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico.”
Trump said US military teams and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were doing “amazing work” and credited the island’s governor and others with a “fantastic job.”
Despite this rosy picture, many Puerto Ricans are still desperate for help and are pleading for the government’s help.
Hilda Lopez, in her 80s, broke into tears when approached as she left Mass at San Juan’s Cathedral.
“Never has our enchanted island been in the dark and with so much suffering,” she said between sobs.
“It pains me that the president of the United States has expressed himself the way he has in recent days. I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t appreciate the pain” that Puerto Ricans are suffering.
Trump has been accused of being removed from reality and not feeling the pain of his people.
Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, told CNN: “Speaking from his fancy golf club, playing golf with his billionaire friends, attacking the mayor of San Juan, who is struggling to bring electricity to the island, food to the island, water to the island, gas to the island, that is just — it is unspeakable.
“And I don’t know what world Trump is living in.”
Trump spent Sunday morning at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, before travelling to another golf course in nearby Jersey City to present the trophy to the winner of the Presidents Cup tournament.