'SNL' hammers President Trump over Puerto Rico response

'SNL' hammers President Trump over Puerto Rico response

President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics complained that his administration's response to the US territory's plight was insufficient.

Trump's tweets in response - in which he criticised Cruz for "poor leadership" and added, speaking of the people of Puerto Rico, "They want everything to be done for them" - sent celebrities scrambling to register their disgust.

"Fantastic job!" he added.

The fake Trump then reminded Villaseñor's Cruz that Puerto Rico is "an island in the water".

"Maybe from where she's standing, it's a good news story".

Administration officials have held numerous press conferences providing updates on relief efforts and Trump on Saturday spoke by phone from New Jersey with FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, and other several other local officials.

As elected officials continue to play political chess with the lives of Puerto Ricans in the devastating wake of Hurricane Maria, it's now up to the people's president to intervene. The waiver, the White House said, would go into effect immediately. You had to remind us, huh?' The island's destroyed, but you had to remind us that we have no control over our destiny.

"FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico", Trump said in a series of tweets, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Trump has come under fire in recent days for his slow response to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and has been criticized for appearing less attentive to the crisis in Puerto Rico than he was to Texas and Florida after those states were ravaged by hurricanes.

There have been at least 16 deaths reported in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and the island is now without power.

Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto told the world of the "horror" she had witnessed in the flooded streets, which she had been walking ever since the storm, in a place she expects to have no power for half a year.

Cruz praised the federal government for getting "boots on the ground " but she said the situation in Puerto Rico has worsened as people have struggled to get basic supplies such as food and water. Cruz is pleading for help by saying, "We are dying. The police and truck drivers are very substantially gone, they're taking care of their families and largely unable to get involved, largely unable to help", he said.

But he warned that the U.S. Congress would need to help the island rebuild.

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.

"The closest thing we've had is when the Army Corps led the effort to restore Iraq's electricity in the early stages of the Iraq war in 2003 and 2004", he said. Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well.

On Friday, President Donald Trump promised that the USA government would continue providing assistance to the victims of the hurricanes #Irma and #Maria in #Puerto Rico, CNN reported. CBS News' David Begnaud traveled to Aguadilla, which was one of the hardest-hit towns on the western tip of Puerto Rico. "First, there's an understandable degree of devastation on the island, and for anybody that needs food and water, power, lifesaving needs and commodities, health care, there's nothing that can help fast enough".

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