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President Donald Trump accuses San Juan, Puerto Rico mayor of poor leadership amid Hurricane cleanup

Mayor asked for better federal response

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump fired back Saturday morning at the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico after she pleaded for more of a response to Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico was devastated , as the storm wrecked havoc and left more than a million people without power.

"We're dying here. We truly are dying here. I keep saying it: SOS. If anyone can hear us; if Mr. Trump an hear us, let's just get it over with and get the ball rolling," Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told CNN on Friday night.

The mayor's criticism of the federal response prompted the president to respond in a series of tweets.

Trump tweeted that Cruz was "told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump."

He 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."

The president went on to praise the military and first responders before taking shots at the media, posting that "fake news CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders."

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