Picture:
Picture:
@JasonKander/Twitter screengrab/Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria to the US territory of Puerto Rico has become another talking point of President Donald Trump's priorities, after he was pictured jetting off to his New Jersey golf course on Friday.

A large proportion of the island's 3.4 million residents are without power, food, and clean water, and at least 16 people have already died as a result of Hurricane Maria.

President Trump has had an overzealous reaction to make up for his previous silence on the rescue in Puerto Rico.

In a press conference on Friday the Mayor of the capital city San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, pleaded for federal aid:

We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy...This is what we got last night: four pallets of water, three pallets of meals and 12 pallets of infant food — which I gave them to the people of Comerio, where people are drinking off a creek,

She concluded:

So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct.

I am mad as hell

The Trump White House appears to have reacted to these accusations by attacking the mayor.

According to ABC an unnamed White Houses spokesperson said they were 'not sure' she would greet the President when he visited the US territory on Tuesday.

She has been invited to FEMA command centre several times to see operations and be part of efforts but so far has refused to come, maybe too busy doing TV?

The President also took to Twitter to slam the Mayor for being 'nasty'.

Having initially thanked Cruz for supporting FEMA, on Saturday evening he tweeted:

Later he added:

President Trump has also been criticised for visiting his New Jersey golf course this weekend while a disaster recovery operation is underway in Puerto Rico:

U.S. President Donald Trump steps from Air Force One as he arrives in Morristown to spend the weekend at his golf club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., September 29, 2017. Picture:U.S. President Donald Trump steps from Air Force One as he arrives in Morristown to spend the weekend at his golf club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey, 29 September 2017. (Picture: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Jason Kander, a former government official in the Obama Administration shared this image of Cruz wading through flood waters.

The image, which appeared in a piece by NBCand on CNN has gone viral, as have images of Donald Trump on the golf course.

According to MSNBC, this is the 67th day the President has spent golfing since he was sworn in as President in January.

Other critics included celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who on Saturday politely asked the President to stop tweeting.

HT The Independent, MSNBC

Keep reading...Show less
Please log in or register to upvote this article
The Conversation (0)