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Trump attacks San Juan mayor over hurricane response

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President Donald Trump launched an attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday for criticizing the White House's hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, accusing her of "poor leadership" and suggesting that the island's residents are not doing enough to help themselves.

"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," the President tweeted from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend. "... 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."

In the series of early morning tweets, Trump again lauded the federal government's response on the island, which is still grappling with the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. The President said that the 10,000 federal workers there are doing a "fantastic job."

"The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job," he wrote. "Puerto Rico was totally destroyed."

The spectacle of Trump's comments slamming Yulín Cruz and others on their own response efforts as Puerto Rico struggles to deal with disaster that left millions without power and with limited access to water -- and as Trump comes under fire for what some have called a slow federal reaction -- sparked a firestorm of reaction online, including from the creator of the Broadway musical "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda, who said that Trump was going "straight to hell."

"You're going straight to hell, @realDonald Trump. No long lines for you," tweeted Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent. "Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path."

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