‘He Is Unhinged’: San Juan Mayor Responds After Trump Calls Her ‘Crazed and Incompetent’

Carmen Yulin Cruz, Donald Trump
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San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz fired back at President Donald Trump after he called her “crazed and incompetent” in a Twitter rant about disaster funding for Puerto Rico.

“The Democrats today killed a Bill that would have provided great relief to Farmers and yet more money to Puerto Rico despite the fact that Puerto Rico has already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any ‘place’ in history,” Trump tweeted Monday.

Democrats did reject a funding bill that they believed didn’t give enough money to the U.S. territory that is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which is estimated to have led to the deaths of approximately 3,000 people.

“The people of Puerto Rico are GREAT, but the politicians are incompetent or corrupt,” Trump continued (emphasis added):

Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right, the place is a mess – nothing works. FEMA & the Military worked emergency miracles, but politicians like the crazed and incompetent Mayor of San Juan have done such a poor job of bringing the Island back to health. 91 Billion Dollars to Puerto Rico, and now the Dems want to give them more, taking dollars away from our Farmers and so many others. Disgraceful!

Trump began his feud with Cruz during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Cruz was a harsh critic of the president, who she believed wasn’t making disaster relief a priority.

Cruz repeated this criticism in her clapback at the president Monday night. She wrote that Trump “embarrass[es]” himself and the office of the presidency, adding that he’s “unhinged.”

“HE KNOWS HIS RESPONSE was inefficient at best,” she wrote. “He can huff & puff all he wants but he cannot escape the death of 3,000 on his watch. SHAME ON YOU!”

Cruz continued her criticism of the president and said she would continue to “call [him] on every lie.”

Trump didn’t back down and praised himself for his response to Hurricane Maria.

“The best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico is President Donald J. Trump,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning.

“So many wonderful people, but with such bad Island leadership and with so much money wasted. Cannot continue to hurt our Farmers and States with these massive payments, and so little appreciation!”

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