The mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city says that President Trump was “disrespectful” to the island’s residents during his recent visit there.
“His visit was not effective – his team was effective,” Carmen Yulin Cruz on Wednesday told Telemundo 51.
“When he said, ‘Puerto Rico, you’ve thrown our budget out of whack,’ and then you see him throw paper towels at people, frankly it’s unbecoming and disrespectful and it doesn’t show what the Americans that are here are doing.”
Cruz added, however, that Trump’s team is “doing good work” and “everything they can” following Hurricane Maria’s passage over Puerto Rico last month.
Some Twitter users on Wednesday praised Cruz for criticizing Trump the day after he visited Puerto Rico, while others dismissed the mayor instead.
Wish I could vote 4 the Mayor of San Juan for President Instead of the lousy person we have. Trump is an incompetent juvenile. That's all.— It Matters (@Earnest_One) October 4, 2017
The mayor of San Juan, standing in front of mountains of supplies, and dozens of helpers, said they got no help.— Laura (@kickboxlaura) October 4, 2017
NBC Washington on Wednesday reported that 34 four people have died since Maria struck Puerto Rico weeks ago.
Trump on Tuesday threw rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a church in the U.S. territory during a stop on his tour surveying the storm’s damage.
The president also noted the vast cost to the federal government associated with relief and recovery efforts earlier in his visit.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine,” he said in San Juan. “We saved a lot of lives.”
Cruz and Trump started clashing last weekend after she criticized his administration’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.
Trump responded by questioning Cruz’s leadership, and he notably did not call on her while meeting with local officials in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.