San Juan Mayor's searing message to Trump: We are not 'animals that can be disposed of'
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Screen capture)

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."

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