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Flint mayor sends letter of support to San Juan mayor after Trump visit
Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver (D) sent a letter to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz after President Trump's visit to the island this week, saying she was "disappointed and outraged" at the Trump administration's lack of support for recovery efforts.
Weaver ripped the Trump administration's "lack of active engagement and support" for the recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria and Trump's visit to the U.S. territory.
"Self-congratulations and political agendas have no place in the realm of public health in the face of survival," Weaver wrote to Cruz. "Survival is everyone's first priority."
Weaver quoted Trump's tweets Saturday in which he said Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them" and said those tweets "broke [her] heart."
"Unfortunately, his visit to Puerto Rico, this week, did not assure me of healing and I was hoping for healing and support," Weaver wrote. "Instead his comparisons and complaints gauged deeper wounds."
Weaver told Cruz that she has also had to call for emergencies in Flint during the ongoing water crisis despite the objection of other officials.
Flint's water supply was first contaminated with lead in 2014, and Weaver said in March it will take at least two more years before residents will be able to drink their tap water without using filters, according to The Detroit News.
Weaver told Cruz that she feels a "special sisterhood" with her and her "desperate plea for action."
"We cannot sit idly back and allow more people to become infected with disease and illnesses," the mayor wrote. "We cannot allow the slow walking of aid, and the tying of victims' hands with bureaucracy."
"Flint, Michigan stands with the people of Puerto Rico as you fight through your urgent water crisis."
Cruz has been critical of the Trump administration's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico. After Trump's visit to the U.S. territory Cruz said he lacked "common courtesy" and called him the "miscommunicator-in-chief."
Fifty-five percent of Puerto Ricans still don't have access to drinking water, the Department of Defense said Saturday.