The mayor of San Juan used strong words to criticize Donald Trump for bragging about his “unsung success” in the response to Hurricane Maria ahead of Hurricane Florence.
“I think the president’s statement is despicable,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews via phone.
“It just goes to the lack of understanding of reality that he has,” Cruz, who sparred with Trump over the government’s too-little-too-late response to Maria last year, said. “If he thinks that the deaths of 3,000 people is a success, he really doesn’t know what this was all about.”
The mayor told the MSNBC host that “the crisis isn’t over” in Puerto Rico, noting that there are between 50 and 60,000 people whose homes don’t have roofs and that suicide rates and attempts have increased significantly.
“I don’t know where the president gets the nerve to call this a success story,” she said.
“My heart goes out to the people of South Carolina and North Carolina if he thinks what he did in Puerto Rico is a success,” Cruz said, adding that she hopes they can stay safe.
“This was never about politics,” she added.
“You know Carly Simon’s song that says ‘you’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you’? President Trump is so vain, he thinks this humanitarian crisis was about him,” Cruz quipped. “It was not about him, it was about saving [lives].”
Watch below, via MSNBC: