SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —at leaders of on Saturday with a tweetstorm. Mr. Trump accused the mayor of San Juan and others of “poor leadership,” adding “they want everything to be done for them.”
Hours later, he backtracked with: “An amazing job is being done in Puerto Rico. Great people.”
Mr. Trump is at his golf club in New Jersey this weekend. He will visit the American territory on Tuesday.
CBS News’ David Begnaud has been in Puerto Rico for 12 nights, reporting on the storm and the island’s resilience.
“It’s been so slow that it’s put lives in danger,” said San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who responded to the president’s tweets.
“There’s a disconnect between what has been said and the reality. Yesterday Gen. Buchanan said we don’t have enough troops and enough equipment,” Cruz said.
On Friday, the mayor pleaded for more help.
“I am asking the president of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge,” she said.
That was after she spent nearly a week helping to evacuate residents.
Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello also commented on Mr. Trump’s tweets.
“My read on this is it’s in the context of the mayor of San Juan,” Rossello said.
The governor visited San Juan’s port early Saturday, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent 2.4 million liters of water and 1.3 million servings of food.
“We’re going to move them quickly to 11 points in Puerto Rico where mayors can go get food, water for their communities,”…