Celebrities hit out at Trump's Puerto Rico tweets

Yolanda Negron cleans up devastated home after hurricane Maria ravaged the island. The situation in the US territory has been compounded by a diesel fuel shortage and the lack of a working cellphone network

Yolanda Negron cleans up devastated home after hurricane Maria ravaged the island. The situation in the US territory has been compounded by a diesel fuel shortage and the lack of a working cellphone network

The Trump administration has come under fire from critics who say it is failing to help the island as it struggles with widespread power outages, collapsed infrastructure and ongoing shortages of water and supplies.

Administration officials have followed Trump's push for optimistic messaging.

The mayor lashed back by saying, "Maybe from where she's standing, it's a good news story.

But we're sending people to help and it's getting better on a daily basis", said Trump. "We want to help you, but we have to take care of America first", he continued, unaware that Puerto Rico is a USA territory.

Villaseñor promptly informs him that Puerto Rico is a USA territory.

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) - The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, whom President Donald Trump slammed on Twitter for "poor leadership", said she would meet with the president when he visits the island Tuesday if she is invited to do so.

In a statement delivered from a relief center, Cruz said, "I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out the logistics for a small island".

Trump's criticism of Cruz and of Puerto Ricans' efforts drew sharp retorts from mainland politicians, even from within his own Republican Party.

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Earlier, local officials refused to give permission for the rally, a decision that Navalny denounced as illegal. He said he was held there without charges or any explanation why he had been detained .

Trump's comments were not received well by the American composer, lyricist, playwright and actor, who has been active in his efforts to try to help the hurricane-ravaged island, CNN reported. "Trump always said he was going to get things done faster than any other president and now I believe him - it took George W. Bush five years to get his Katrina", Jost said.

Trump's tweets were apparently in response to criticism from the mayor the day before.

He continued, "Ma'am, I don't know if you know this but you are in an island, in the water".

He said Cruz showed "poor leadership", adding that the island's leaders "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

Damage from the hurricane in La Perla of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

She added: "Oh I see @realDonaldTrump you're not helping PR because of the electoral votes u need to be re-elected #Florida=29 #Texas=38 #PuertoRico=0".

Cruz responded, writing that "the goal is one: saving lives". "Please!" Cruz begged. He then hung up on the mayor, referring to her tone as "nasty". Manuel Noriega was a former dictator of Panama who was overthrown by the U.S. "I wasn't saying anything nasty about the president".

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