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San Juan mayor says there's no time for politics after Trump's taunt

Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg News on

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ––San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said Saturday that there is "no time for politics" in Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria, hours after she was blasted by President Donald Trump.

"I have only one goal, and it is saving lives," Cruz said in an interview. "I will say whatever needs to be said or done to be able to do that. There should be no distractions. There's no time for anything else."

Earlier Saturday, Trump said on Twitter that Cruz and others in Puerto Rico had displayed "such poor leadership ability" in being "not able to get their workers to help."

"They want everything to be done for them," Trump said. He also suggested that Cruz had been told to criticize the president by "the Democrats" after earlier praising the relief efforts.

Cruz said she others, too, concluded that federal action to help the U.S. commonwealth recover from the hurricane, which hit on Sept. 20, had been inadequate so far.

"General Buchanan has said he doesn't have what he needs in Puerto Rico to get the situation under control," she said of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who leads all military hurricane efforts in Puerto Rico. "Don't take my word for it, take a three-star general's word for it."

Friday on CNN, Buchanan said the Pentagon had 10,000 people helping with hurricane response efforts and that more were being added. "We're bringing in both Air Force, Navy, and Army medical capabilities in addition to aircraft, more helicopters," he said. "It's not enough, and we're bringing more in."

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