Trump Insults San Juan Mayor and Puerto Ricans on Twitter for Criticizing Hurricane Response

President Donald Trump’s thin skin was on display Saturday morning, as he attacked the mayor of San Juan and Puerto Ricans as a whole on Twitter for expressing their displeasure with his administration’s slow response to the devastating damage on the island from Hurricane Maria.

Trump had continually congratulated his administration’s response to the storm, despite horrifying images and videos coming from Puerto Ricans who were out of food, water, fuel and medical aid. In fact, Trump had hesitated on suspending the Jones Act, which forbids foreign ships from bringing aid to Puerto Rico’s ports, despite having readily done so for Florida and Texas after hurricanes there.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke even tried to spin the response as a “good news story,” which San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was not about to tolerate, saying, “it’s not a good news story,” but a “people-are-dying story.”

Apparently any criticism from the mayor was too much for Trump, who lashed out at Cruz, calling her “nasty” and said she was being used by Democrats for wanting a more robust, rapid response to the tragedy on the U.S. island.

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” Trump tweeted. “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.”

And, as he’s done before, Trump couldn’t help but to blame Puerto Ricans themselves for the hurricane damage and the slow response from their government. He appeared to criticize their work ethic or desire to help themselves.

“They (Puerto Ricans) want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job,” Trump tweeted.