President Donald Trump and the federal government have been slow in response to the devastation Puerto Rico has faced due to Hurricane Maria.
In a conference last Friday, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz stated:
I am going to do what I never thought I would do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying… We are dying, and you are killing us with inefficiency and bureaucracy.
President Trump finally made his way to Puerto Rico to lend his hand. Literally. He decided to shoot paper towels into a crowd like a basketball. In a meeting with local leaders on the island taken place only yesterday, Cruz told MSNBC, “there was no exchange with anybody, with none of the mayors.”
In response to Trump’s helping hand, Cruz took a strong stance:
This terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation…That is not the land of the free and the home of the brave, that beacon of democracy that people have learned to look up to across the world.
Trump had previously tweeted about Cruz:
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
In response, the mayor later said:
“Actually, I was asking for help…I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president.”