Warren calls, praises Puerto Rico mayor after Trump criticism

Warren calls, praises Puerto Rico mayor after Trump criticism
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Tech: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court fight | Warren backs bid to block AT&T, Time Warner merger | NC county refuses to pay ransom to hackers Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-Mass.) said Saturday she spoke on the phone with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, praising the mayor for her work in Puerto Rico's recovery effort.

"PR is in CRISIS. US citizens are dying. Millions of people need their govt's help," Warren wrote on Twitter while calling on President Trump to "stop playing politics with their lives."

"I just got off the phone with Mayor @CarmenYulinCruz. I told her to keep up her heroic work & leadership on behalf of Puerto Rico," Warren continued.

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Warren spoke to Cruz after Trump lashed out at the mayor on Twitter early Saturday, blasting her "poor leadership." Trump's attack came a day after Cruz criticized his administration's response in Puerto Rico during an emotional plea for more federal help for the storm-ravaged island.

Puerto Rico is in the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria, which left the island without power earlier this month. 

Aid, such as food, water and medicine, has been slow to get to the island's residents, stoking anger toward the federal government. 

Cruz had issued an emotional plea for help on Friday, and criticized the federal government's response to the crisis. 

"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," Cruz said.