Even as President Donald Trump and acting FEMA Director Elaine Duke congratulated themselves on their handling of the response to Hurricane Maria, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city San Juan, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz issued an incendiary statement on live TV.
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi cut away from a press gaggle around Trump and caught the last part of Cruz’s statement, in which she said, “The world will see how we are treated — not as second-class citizens, but as animals that can be disposed of.”
“Enough is enough,” said Cruz.
Further remarks from the mayor appeared on Twitter.
“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,” she said, according to Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery. “We are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency.”
"We are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency." — San Juan mayor, exasperating with govt response to Puerto Rico https://t.co/5wQuen9cgB
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) September 29, 2017
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Trump told Rick Perry to ‘visit with Rudy’ when he asked why he called off meetings with Ukraine’s president: report
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Energy Secretary Rick Perry was ordered by President Donald Trump to get in touch with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about "corruption" in Ukraine — at the same time that he and Giuliani were attempting to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to help him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Speaking to the Journal, Perry denied knowing anything about Trump going after Biden specifically, but said the Trump told him he was not "comfortable" that the Ukrainians had "straightened up their act" — an apparent reference to Trump's belief that Ukraine tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton.
Sondland was going to testify Trump gave the impression they should coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine: report
European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland is slated to give testimony Thursday to the House committees on President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.
Sondland was slated to tell investigators that Trump gave him the impression that he and two other officials should coordinate with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times said in an explosive report Wednesday.
"That command effectively created a foreign policy back channel that cut the State Department and National Security Council out of deliberations involving a pivotal ally against Russia," The Times reported.
Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing
President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.
Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."