Celebs Slam Trump for His Response to San Juan Mayor's Plea

By Robin Respaut and Dave Graham

It was waived by President Trump in the wake of Harvey and Irma... why not for Puerto Rico now?

The Category 4 hurricane, which made landfall on September 20, left many of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents without access to food, water, health services and electricity.

The president has been accused of not acting quickly enough to send aid to the USA territory, which was left without electricity and in crisis by Hurricane Maria. According to CNN Money, the rest is held by individuals and mutual fund i.e.

He also suggested that Cruz had been told to criticize the president by "the Democrats" after earlier praising the relief efforts. "We're literally starting from scratch", he said.

White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr tweeted that Cruz was dramatizing the situation in Puerto Rico because she did not like the president before the storm. Solivan's efforts come as images of similar cargo containers stranded in San Juan's port flood television screens.

Earlier this week, Mr Trump sent "America's hearts and prayers" to the people in Puerto Rico and the nearby US Virgin Islands, along with his confirmation he will visit both places next week.

The aftermath of the storm resulted in a near-total shutdown of the USA territory's economy that could last for weeks and has many people running seriously low on water, diesel fuel, gas and cash, and worrying that it will become even harder to survive on the storm-ravaged island.

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Virgin Islands are facing massive calamities-including widespread disease and death-and we need to help them now". He pointed to the thousands of National Guard troops that were mobilized throughout the state ahead of the storm.

"The world will see we are treated not as second-class citizens, but as animals that can be disposed of", Cruz said of the treatment she felt Puerto Rico had received.

"The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an wonderful job", he wrote.

"The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot".

"The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's". Not fair to FR or effort!

Cruz's comments on Friday were in response to a senior USA official calling the disaster response in Puerto Rico "a good news story".

'Damn it, this is not a good-news story, ' Cruz told CNN.

"This waiver will ensure that over the next 10 days, all options are available to move and distribute goods to the people of Puerto Rico". I have no time for distractions.

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