As the island sits in turmoil after being struck by Hurricane Maria, the mayor of the largest city in Puerto Rico is speaking out against President Trump, telling him “we are dying here” in an emotional address to reporters.
“We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency, and the bureaucracy,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said at a news conference.
“I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell,” she added, her voice quivering with emotion.
Most of the island’s residents lost power when the hurricane struck Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm on September 20.
The mayor’s comments come as growing criticism envelops Trump over his response to the disaster. According NBC News, thousands of shipping containers, many containing supplies, are “sitting idle at San Juan’s port in a logistical bottleneck.”
Yulín Cruz said the Federal Emergency Management Agency “has collapsed.”
“I cannot fathom that the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles,” she said.
“If we don’t get the food and the water into people’s hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide,” she said. “I am asking the president of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”
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