On Oct. 1, 2017, Fox News correspondent at large, Geraldo Rivera, interviewed San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for her view on relief efforts underway in Puerto Rico.
The mayor, on Friday, had publicly criticized President Donald J. Trump and the federal government relief efforts. Cruz went as far as to say, “you are killing us,” in a news conference.
The remarks have drawn strong condemnation from the president who tweeted on Saturday that the mayor lacked leadership skills.
A FEMA administrator issued this statement: “The mayor of San Juan has not participated substantially in any effort of the joint field office. Other mayors have been participating.”
Rivera asked the mayor about her comments on people dying, noting he has not seen any people dying. In fact, Rivera reported that 16 people had died when the storm hit, and today that number has not grown.
In her response, the mayor said that “dying was a continuum” and offered an example of what she was trying to say by arguing “if a child is not eating for several days then they are dying.” When asked if she wishes she had better explained her point in the news conference she replied, “No.”
Rivera said he believed Cruz was very partisan and that the island, politically speaking, was split in half and held highly contested elections. He also said that “the mayor was highly critical of Trump.”
“I severely and profoundly lament that politics has reared its ugly head, the situation is bad enough,” said Rivera.
By Laurel Fee
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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