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The mayor of San Juan fired back at Elaine Duke's comments


San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz rebuked acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke's comments on Friday, saying Puerto Rico's recovery is "not a good news story."

"This is a 'people are dying' story," Cruz said on CNN Friday morning.

Cruz's comments come after Duke stated on Thursday that she was "very satisfied" with the government's efforts to provide resources to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck the island on Sept. 20.

"I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane," Duke said.

However, Cruz stated that Dukes comments were untrue.

"Well maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story," Cruz said."When you're drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story. When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story. When you have to pull people down from buildings -- I'm sorry, that really upsets me and frustrates me."

Duke's comments came after the White House authorized a waiver to loosen shipping restrictions to Puerto Rico to help with relief efforts.

Cruz took to Twitter and said that it was "a step towards justice."

However, Cruz says there is still a lot of work to be done.

"I would ask you (Duke) to come down here and visit the towns and then make a statement like that, because frankly, it is an irresponsible statement in contrast with the statements of support that I have been getting yesterday when I got that call from the White House," she said. "Dammit, this is not a good news story. This is a 'people are dying' story. It's a life-or-death story."

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