San Juan mayor: Trump is 'incapable of feeling solidarity and empathy'

San Juan mayor: Trump is 'incapable of feeling solidarity and empathy'
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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE is “incapable of feeling solidarity and empathy” after Trump said his administration "did a fantastic job" responding last year to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“The onset of fear and lack of dignity in which the trump administration continues to treat the people of Puerto Rico makes you mad, makes you angry and makes you realize that this man — it’s not that he doesn’t want to get, it’s that he is incapable of feeling solidarity and empathy,” Cruz said during an appearance on MSNBC.

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Trump on Wednesday praised his administration's response to Hurricane Maria last year, just one day after the island's government officially updated the death count to 2,975 people from its initial count of only 64. 

 

"I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico. We're still helping Puerto Rico. The governor is an excellent guy and he's really happy with the job we've done," Trump told reporters.

 Cruz said on MSNBC that Trump’s comments Wednesday show that “he just doesn’t get it.”

“He isn’t capable of getting it. We died because bureaucracy and inefficiency took ahold of things,” she said.

“These are 2,975 people that will no longer see the light of day,” Cruz added. “These are parents, children, grandchildren, grandparents.”

Earlier Wednesday, Cruz said on CNN that the Trump administration “killed the Puerto Ricans with neglect.”