San Juan mayor accuses Trump of ‘genocide’ after hurricane

THE WASHINGTON TIMES – STEPHEN DINAN

The Puerto Rican mayor who’s been feuding with President Trump lashed out again Thursday, accusing him of “genocide” for not doing more to support the recovery efforts in the island territory.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, issued the startling accusation in a text message sent to Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat of Puerto Rican heritage who has been pleading for more help for the island in the wake of two hurricanes.

“I ask every American that has love, and not hate in their hearts, to stand with Puerto Rico and let this President know we WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE,” the mayor said in the statement, which she asked Mr. Gutierrez to read on the House floor or at a press conference.

“I ask the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in our eyes and seeing the pride that burns fiercely in our hearts and souls,” the mayor continued.

She and Mr. Trump have been feuding for weeks, with the president saying the federal government is fully invested, and saying the hurdles to recovery are on the island itself.

Earlier Thursday Mr. Trump, in a Twitter post, warned that federal help couldn’t go on indefinitely.

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