Trump: 'Fake news' is trying to 'disparage' first responders in Puerto Rico

Trump: 'Fake news' is trying to 'disparage' first responders in Puerto Rico
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President Trump accused media outlets Saturday of “disparaging” first responders to the crisis in Puerto Rico in order to "get Trump."

“Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to ‘get Trump.’ Not fair to FR or effort!” Trump tweeted.

“The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R's. Shame!” 

Trump’s White House has been under fire for its response to the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and the administration has blamed the media for spreading the criticism.

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Island officials have criticized the Trump administration for responding too slowly to the crisis, which has seen much of the island without power and water for days.

One official, San Juan mayor San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, held an emotional press conference Friday ripping the Trump administration’s efforts to assist the island and begging for help.

"I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency," she said.

Trump said Thursday he wished the press would treat the recovery efforts more “fairly.”

Trump’s top Homeland Security adviser also criticized the media’s coverage of the recovery, claiming reports this week featured outdated or misleading information.

“I understand the coverage, in some cases, is giving the appearance that we are not moving fast enough,” Tom Bossert told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

Trump also lashed out at the San Juan mayor in a series of tweets Saturday morning, criticizing her “poor leadership ability” and calling her “nasty."