Menendez tours Puerto Rico hurricane destruction

Menendez tours Puerto Rico hurricane destruction
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Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDem senators introduce resolution calling on Trump to stop attacking the press Booming economy has Trump taking a well-deserved victory lap Administration should use its leverage to get Egypt to improve its human rights record MORE (D-N.J.) hit President Trump's response to Puerto Rico on Saturday after he surveyed the hurricane-ravaged island this week during a break from his corruption trial.

"Mr. President, I just saw this in PR. Attacking Mayor @CarmenYulinCruz isn't doing a damn thing to clean it up & begin recovery. Grow up!" the senator tweeted, responding to Trump's recent attacks on San Juan's mayor. 

"I know Puerto Rico doesn't get Electoral College votes, Mr. President, but there are real Americans there suffering. Time to do more!" Menendez said in another tweet.  

The Trump administration is facing scrutiny for its slow response to the island's humanitarian crisis. 

Residents have not received basic necessities such as food, water and medicine. 

Other politicians have visited Puerto Rico, including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary Florida questions Senate chairman over claim that Russians have ‘penetrated’ election systems MORE (R-Fla.) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.).

Trump and Vice President Pence are slated to visit the island next week. 


Menedez's visit comes as he is on trial for accepting lavish gifts, campaign donations and vacations from his co-defendant Salomon Melgen, in return for using his influence to personally and financially benefit Melgen. 

His tweets came just hours after Trump ripped  San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter, saying she has shown poor leadership as Puerto Rico struggles to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria.