President Trump kept whipping up chaos Sunday over his handling of Puerto Rico’s storm crisis, firing off more tweets attacking his rivals as criticism about his actions poured in from all sides.
Tweeting from the safety of his New Jersey golf club, Trump for the second day in a row focused on his critics while boasting about his administration’s handling of Hurricane Maria.
“We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates,……people are now starting to recognize the amazing work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military,” Trump wrote in two morning tweets.
He added, “All buildings now inspected……..for safety. Thank you to the Governor of P.R. and to all of those who are working so closely with our First Responders. Fantastic job!”
Later in the day, he traveled from his golf course to the Presidents Cup golf tournament.
Meanwhile, members of his administration tried defending Trump’s temper after the President spent the weekend publicly feuding with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, Democrats and the media.
“When the President gets attacked, he attacks back,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told NBC News’ “Meet The Press.”
Mnuchin said he thought it was “unfair” for Cruz to criticize Trump’s slow response to Puerto Rico’s disaster, but he did not say why. He also acknowledged that he hadn’t seen any of Puerto Rico’s wreckage firsthand.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long drew widespread mockery online for calling the Maria relief efforts “the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen.”
“The problem and the frustration is the way information is being misrepresented across the board,” Long told “Fox News Sunday.”
“I don’t have time for that. What we have time for is being laser-focused to help Puerto Ricans. And that’s what we’re doing.”
But politicians and advocates outside of Trump’s administration had no patience left for his antics.
“It is unspeakable,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
President Trump on Friday.
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“I don’t know what world Trump is living in. People in Puerto Rico are suffering one of the worst disasters in the history of that island. We have got to do everything we can to help them.”
Cruz, still seemingly stunned by Trump’s rebukes, said all she had done “was ask for help.”
“I know the good heart of the American people and I know that when a mayday sound goes off, they come to the rescue,” she said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who entered the headlines Saturday by saying Trump was “going straight to hell,” continued to bash the President Sunday.
“I will never forget it,” Miranda, who has family ties to Puerto Rico, tweeted about Trump’s Twitter rants.
“Neither will history. Neither will God.”
FEMA Administrator Brock Long.
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Since Saturday, Trump has tweeted nearly 20 times in defense of administration’s efforts. He also blasted Cruz for “poor leadership” and said she had been “told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”
Nearly all of Puerto Rico has been left without power and running water after Maria ravaged the island, leaving at least 16 people dead.
The White House has said more than 10,000 federal workers have been sent to the U.S. territory to aid the recovery.
But Trump’s response has been muted compared to his all-in actions on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which hit the southern United States over the summer. Trump said little about Puerto Rico until lawmakers started criticizing him for spending more time talking about his feud with the NFL.
Trump is scheduled to make his first visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the hurricane hit the island.