'This is a time when people show their true colors’: San Juan mayor drips contempt for Trump’s ‘petty’ insults
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz -- MSNBC

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz took the high road Saturday morning while responding to insults from President Donald Trump, saying she had more important things to do than care about his "petty" insults.


Appearing with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Mayor Cruz said that the people of Puerto Rico are “moving ahead."

"That's what it's all about," she continued. "All about saving lives, not about politics, not about petty comments. It’s about moving forward, putting boots on the ground and saving lives."

Directly responding to Trump's insulting tweets delivered from his New Jersey golf resort, Cruz dismissed the president out of hand, saying he was wrong about her and the people of Puerto Rico.

"Actually, I was asking for help. I wasn't saying anything nasty about the president," she told the MSNBC host. "But don't take my word for it. General Buchanan, a three star general, has said as one of the first comments he's made about the Puerto Rico situation that he doesn't have enough troops to get the situation under control. So, who am I? I'm just a little mayor from the capital city of San Juan. This is a three star general telling the world right now he does not have the appropriate means and tools to take care of the situation."

"This is what we have, one goal: it is to save lives," she continued. "I tweeted this morning that this is a time when everyone shows their true colors. I have no time for distractions. All I have is time for people to move forward, get help and what kind of a Puerto Rican, what kind of a human would I be if I know of other mayors that are getting no water and no food and I just look the other way and just had my city taken care of?"

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