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UPDATE: Trump blasts San Juan mayor after her tearful 'begging' for greater White House response

UPDATE: Trump blasts San Juan mayor after her tearful 'begging' for greater White House response

09/30/2017

By Rachel Koning Beals

'If we don't get the food and the water into people's hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide,' says Carmen Yulín Cruz

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz charged Friday that the slow aid response and bureaucratic snarls of FEMA have forced her to put out a global "mayday" for Puerto Rico or risk food and water shortages that edge the island "close to genocide."

"I am begging you to take charge and save lives. After all, that is one of the founding principles of the United States of North America. If not, the world will see how we are treated not as second-class citizens but as animals that can be disposed of. Enough is enough," she said in comments aimed at President Trump, in a televised briefing (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/29/san-juan-mayor-plea-donald-trump-puerto-rico).

(https://youtu.be/41hl5RwfOVc)

The president, who spent late last week largely praising and encouraging government and private industry responders, didn't take kindly to the previously complimentary mayor's pleas in an early Saturday Twitter response, again blaming Puerto Rican infrastructure, and, now, some of its leadership:

(https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914089003745468417)

(https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914089888596754434)

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