San Juan mayor calls Trump a 'fake news cartoon': '3,000 Puerto Ricans died on your watch'

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE on Tuesday, branding him as a "fake news cartoon" over what she called the false statements he made about aid given to the U.S. territory. 

"It still continues to shock me," Cruz said on MSNBC. "It still continues to shock the people of Puerto Rico. Just when you think he has gone the lowest he could go, he still goes lower than that."


"Let’s fact-check the president because he has become a fake news cartoon, everything that he has always complained about," Cruz added before arguing that "3,000 Puerto Ricans died" because Trump's "government was inefficient, ineffective and unable to do its job."

"Secondly, again, you should fire whomever told you $91 billion were given to Puerto Rico,” she stated, referring to Trump's argument that the island mismanaged $91 billion it received for efforts to recover from Hurricane Maria. 

Washington Post analysis published last week said Puerto Rico has received about $11 billion of $41 billion that federal agencies say is on the way. 

"There are still 30,000 people with rooftops that are not good enough. If a tropical storm comes, we have to take all of those people out of harm's way," Cruz added. "We have $600 million that the president is holding hostage because his vanity is much higher than his humanity is. $600 million to feed 1.3 million Puerto Rican people.

"What kind of man is he that he looks the other way when people need to be fed? He continues to embarrass himself. He continues to embarrass the office of the presidency," she said.

Trump late Monday night and Tuesday morning posted a string of tweets in which he lashed out at Democratic lawmakers and Puerto Rican officials. The posts came on the heels of the Senate rejecting dueling disaster aid proposals amid a battle over funding for the U.S. territory. 

The bill would have provided $600 million in food stamps for Puerto Rico in addition to funding for several states in the Midwest affected by flooding. Democratic leaders have said the funding for Puerto Rico isn't enough. 

Trump derided Cruz as "crazed and incompetent" in a tweet Monday night, saying she has done "such a poor job of bringing the Island back to health."

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló responded to Trump's attacks on Tuesday by telling him that the island's residents "are not your adversaries, we are your citizens."