Donald Trump’s White House continued the president’s war on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Saturday afternoon, telling reporters that she must be “too busy being on TV” to meet with Trump at the FEMA command center during a proposed presidential visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
Trump kicked off Saturday morning criticizing Cruz — then attacking survivors of Hurricane Maria as lazy — on Twitter from his New Jersey golf resort, tweeting, “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.”
He then added, “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them.”
Trump has scheduled a trip to the American territory on Tuesday and a White House official took a shot at Cruz, implying she’s too busy being a television celebrity to meet with the president.
According to ABC, an unnamed White House spokesperson said they were “not sure,” if Cruz would show up for what would inevitably be a photo-op with Trump.
“She has been invited to FEMA command center several times to see operations and be part of efforts but so far has refused to come, maybe too busy doing TV?” the spokesperson said.
Cruz has notably been seen working the streets of San Juan helping survivors of the devastating disaster and organizing relief efforts in the absence of adequate federal help from the Trump administration.