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Watching America

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President’s tweet accuses Carmen Yulín Cruz of ‘such poor leadership’

San Juan mayor had said logistics chaos was ‘close to genocide’

Puerto Rico: ‘We are dying,’ says San Juan’s mayor

Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city early on Saturday as the row over his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria escalated.

Ahead of his visit to the US territory next week, the US president used Twitter to say of Carmen Yulín Cruz “… 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”.

He went on: “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”

He said the hurricane “totally destroyed” Puerto Rico and that “the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job.”

Trump hit out at Cruz after she decried his relief efforts on Friday, saying if the federal government did not solve the logistics “what we we are going to see is something close to a genocide”.

“We are dying here,” Cruz said at a press conference, speaking with tears in her eyes. “I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles. So, mayday, we are in trouble.”

The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire as residents face shortages of food, water and fuel. The electric grid was badly damaged by the two storms, leaving many without power and reliant on gas-powered generators. The hurricanes crippled the island’s already weakened waste and water treatment plants while fallen trees and strewn debris block roads and cellphone service remains limited.

Cruz had appealed directly to the president, saying: “So, Mr Trump, I am begging you to take charge and save lives. After all, that is one of the founding principles of the United States of … America. If not, the world will see how we are treated not as second-class citizens but as animals that can be disposed of. Enough is enough.”

Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday and said on Saturday he would visit with the first lady and hopefully be able to stop at the US Virgin Islands, which have also been battered.

The president said that Cruz had been wound up by his political opponents to attack him. He tweeted: “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.”

Shortly after his tweets, Cruz appeared to respond to the president’s attack, saying there was “one goal … saving lives”.

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Carmen Yulín Cruz makes direct call to Donald Trump: ‘I am begging you to take charge and save lives. Enough is enough’

Carmen Yulín Cruz hugs a woman during her visit to an elderly home in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 22 September 2017.

Carmen Yulín Cruz hugs a woman during her visit to an elderly home in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 22 September 2017. Photograph: Thais Llorca/EPA

The mayor of San Juan lashed out at Trump administration on Friday, decrying its relief effort in the wake of hurricanes Jose and Maria and saying if it doesn’t solve the logistics “what we we are going to see is something close to a genocide”.

“We are dying here,” Carmen Yulín Cruz said at a press conference, speaking with tears in her eyes. “I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles. So, mayday we are in trouble.”

Cruz appealed directly to the president, saying: “So, Mr Trump, I am begging you to take charge and save lives. After all, that is one of the founding principles of the United States of … America. If not, the world will see how we are treated not as second-class citizens but as animals that can be disposed of. Enough is enough.”

The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire as residents face shortages of food, water and fuel. The electric grid was badly damaged by the two storms, leaving many without power and reliant on gas-powered generators. The hurricanes crippled the island’s already weakened waste and water treatment plants while fallen trees and strewn debris block roads and cellphone service remains limited.

Trump and administration figures have sought to emphasise local support for their efforts to send aid. “Fema [Federal Emergency Management Administration] & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico,” the president wrote on Thursday in a typical tweet. “Massive food & water delivered.”

On Friday he claimed: “Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: “The administration and the president, every time we’ve spoken, they’ve delivered…” Rosello has praised the federal government’s relief effort, but he told MSNBC: “The response still is not where it needs to be, certainly it’s not.”

This is an island, surrounded by water, big water, ocean water

Donald Trump

Trump has complained that the coverage of the government response has been unfair. But he has faced criticism for raising the issue of the country’s debt crisis as it reels from the impact of two hurricanes.

On Friday, the president praised the relief effort, noting that 10,000 federal workers had been sent to the island along with ships bringing food and water.

“All appropriate departments of our government from homeland security to defense are engaged fully in the disaster,” he said in a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington. “And the response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this.”

Referring to logistical challenges of sending aid to the US territory, he said: “This is an island, surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.”

Puerto Rico, he said, was “totally and unfortunately unable” to manage the crisis on its own. “They are working so hard,” he said. “But there’s nothing left. It’s been wiped out. The houses are largely flattened.”

Trump again referred to the island’s debt crisis, saying it would have to work with federal authorities to determine how to pay for a massive recovery effort compounded by “the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island”.

He tweeted earlier: “The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!”

In her conversation with reporters in San Juan on Friday afternoon, Cruz gestured to two large binders filled with paper and said: “Fema asks for documentation, I think we’ve given them enough documentation. They had the gall this morning … of asking me: ‘What are your priorities, mayor?’

“Well, where have you been? And I have been very respectful of the Fema employees. I have been patient but we have no time for patience anymore.

I am done being polite, and I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell because my people’s lives are at stake

Carmen Yulín Cruz

“So, I am asking the president of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.

“They were up the task in Africa when Ebola came over. They were up to the task in Haiti [after the earthquake of 2010]. As they should be. Because when it comes to saving lives we are all part of one community of shared values.

“I will do what I never thought I was going to do: I am begging. I am begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency and bureaucracy.”

Continuing to cry, Cruz said: “I am done being polite, and I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell because my people’s lives are at stake.

“…I’m asking members of the press to send a mayday call. We are dying here. If we don’t solve the logistics, we are going to see something close to a genocide.”

Earlier in the day, Cruz was strongly critical after acting homeland security secretary Elaine Duke said the relief effort in Puerto Rico was a “good news story”. “Dammit, this is not a good news story,” Yulín Cruz told CNN. “This is a people are dying story. This is a life-or-death story.”

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Thousands of police officers dispatched to evacuate polling stations in attempt to stop independence referendum with ultimatum issued for 6am Sunday

Police have sealed off more than half of the 2,315 schools in Catalonia designated as polling stations for a banned independence referendum as tensions rise ahead of the controversial ballot.

Tens of thousands of Catalans are expected to vote in the ballot, which will have no legal status as it has been blocked by Spain’s constitutional court. Madrid has sent thousands of police to the north-eastern region to stop it taking place.

A Spanish government source said 163 schools designated as voting centres had been occupied by families as images of families including children in sleeping bags have emerged.

People supporting the referendum have camped out overnight in schools in an effort to prevent an order by the head of the Catalan regional police to evacuate and close polling stations by 6am on Sunday. Voting is due to begin at 9am.

Catalan police have been instructed to empty the buildings by Sunday morning, but not to use violence to remove the people occupying schools.

The police in the region issued an ultimatum to the separatists, parents and children who are occupying schools to leave by 6am on Sunday – a deadline designed to prevent the vote from taking place, since the polls are supposed to open three hours later.

Spain’s foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, said on Saturday the Catalan government’s plan was anti-democratic and runs “counter to the goals and ideals the European Union” is trying to advance.

“What they are pushing is not democracy. It is a mockery of democracy, a travesty of democracy,” he added.

Emotions are running high as the vote nears. The conservative government of the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, says any vote on Catalan secession would have to be held across all of Spain, not just in Catalonia.

The European Union said Catalonia would be forced out of the bloc and would have to reapply to join if it left Spain.

The success or failure of the referendum is dependent on the response of the 17,000 regional officers and whether they can clear all the polling centres.

Quim Roy, a father of two, said officers told the few dozen parents and children at the Congrés-Indians primary school in Barcelona on Saturday not to display any propaganda supporting the vote and that they must leave by 6am Sunday.

“We decided in a meeting that we would send the kids home. Calling them human shields is a huge lie, but I made my decision because there is fear. Who knows what will happen if the Guardia Civil comes,” Roy said.

“The only thing that is clear to me is that I won’t use violence,” he added. “If they tell me I can’t be in a public school to exercise my democratic rights, they will have to take me out of here. I won’t resist, but they will have to carry me out.”

The Catalonia president, Carles Puigdemont, said the referendum would go ahead regardless. “Everything is prepared at the more than 2,000 voting points so they have ballot boxes and voting slips, and have everything people need to express

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