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A-listers slam President Trump's Puerto Rico tweets

03 October 2017

Last night, Cruz wore a "Help Us We Are Dying" shirt while being was interviewed by Cooper. "I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles". The White House should take a page from the nation's mayors who have time and again banded together in times of crisis to send first responders and support our fellow Americans.

He also accused Cruz of "poor leadership" and said she "wants everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".

And Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democrat, told CNN: "Speaking of his fancy golf club, playing golf with his billionaire friends, attacking the mayor of San Juan, who is struggling to bring electricity to the island, food to the island, water to the island, gas to the island, that is just - it is unspeakable".

Sanders also said it would be fair for people to wonder if race was a factor in Trump's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico.

More than half of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million people lack access to drinking water 11 days after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory, and 95 percent remain without power, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

The mayor said the problem in the relief effort to Puerto Rico is not with the staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other federal agencies working to help the island, but with a lack of sufficient resources.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said President Donald Trump's attack on the mayor of San Juan is "unspeakable".

His latest comments prompted a response from 2016 US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who tweeted: "Don't let anyone make you feel alone".

A man carrying a water container walks next to damaged houses after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Canovanas Puerto Rico on Sept. 26 2017
A-listers slam President Trump's Puerto Rico tweets

Cruz's comments on Friday were in response to a senior US official calling the disaster response in Puerto Rico "a good news story".

He added that he would encourage Cruz to come alongside Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello and other officials "who are focusing on continuing to make the steady progress that we are making in Puerto Rico".

It's been more than a week since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico.

"We tried to embed staff with the mayor", Long said. However 95 percent of people in the US territory are still without power.

"When people are in the middle of a disaster, you don't start trying to criticize them", Ohio Governor John Kasich, a presidential hopeful in 2016, said on CNN.

On Sunday, however, she brushed off the criticism, saying that when patchy internet connections finally allowed her to see the president's tweets, "I smiled".

Many were appalled by Trump's incredible lack of empathy and concern for the population of Puerto Rico - and Hollywood was certainly no different.

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A-listers slam President Trump's Puerto Rico tweets