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San Juan Mayor: Trump lives in ‘alternative reality world’

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday blasted President Trump for giving himself a “10” for his administration’s recovery efforts on the island, accusing the president on Friday of living in a “fantasy world.”

In an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was asked directly whether she agreed with Trump’s assessment that his administration scored a perfect “10” for relief efforts.

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“Well, if it is a 10 out of a scale of 100, of course. It is still a failing grade,” Cruz said Friday. “FEMA personnel has admitted that they don’t have the generators they need to provide to hospitals, so hospitals are still running on inappropriate generators, even though FEMA had mentioned that the generators would be here.”

Cruz continued, listing a slew of problems she had learned about from local Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives.

“FEMA representatives have admitted that they really haven’t been able to canvass [more than about] 2 percent of the people who have lost the roofs in their homes,” she continued.

“FEMA administrators have admitted they are still in a recovery side, and even though they have stepped up their game, and I have to say that in the last week they have stepped up their game, it’s not enough,” Cruz said.

The mayor’s comments come just a day after Trump graded himself for his administration’s efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, which was severely damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“I would give myself a 10,” Trump said Thursday when asked by reporters how he would score his efforts, on a one-to-10 scale.

“We have provided so much, so fast,” Trump said, adding the storm was “worse than Katrina.”

The Puerto Rican government reports that more than 80 percent of the island still does not have electricity and more than 30 percent does not have safe drinking water.

Cruz famously sparred with Trump over the pace of relief efforts and supplies being delivered to the island, which houses around 3.4 million U.S. citizens. Trump accused the mayor late last month of taking cues from Democrats to be “nasty” towards the White House.

“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 in September. “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. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

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