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How San Juan's Mayor Responded to Trump's 'S--thole' Countries Comments

Frances Solá-Santiago

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz had strong words for President Trump early Jan. 12. After sources revealed the commander-in-chief called Haiti, El Salvador and African countries “s–tholes” during a bipartisan debate over immigration, the mayor clapped back on Twitter.

“No Trump we are not lazy or ingrates. While you golf we make sure we survive despite your efforts to put us down we will rise,” she wrote.

Yulín Cruz continued with a series of tweets aimed at several American media outlets. “We are all Haitians; we are Africans, we are Puerto Ricans simply because of one thing Trump cannot get:we are all humans.” The mayor sent the same message to various news organizations and programs, including the Ellen DeGeneres show Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Report and The Rachel Maddow Show.

This is not the first time the mayor has had choice words for President Trump. The feud started when the mayor criticized the president’s immediate response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria during an interview with CNN. The president later 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.”

She replied to Trump’s tweets by wearing a T-shirt with the word “nasty” on it during an interview with Univision journalist Jorge Ramos.

Yulín Cruz met Trump during a press conference when the president visited Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. The mayor shook his hand and said: “This is not about politics. This is about saving lives.” During that same visit, President Trump notoriously threw paper towels at a crowd of survivors during a relief event in San Juan.

On Jan. 12, Yulín Cruz also urged people on Twitter to vote in the upcoming congressional elections. “Only someone who is unfit to lead destroys & divides, rather than building & uniting,” she wrote. “Change must begin in 2018. VOTE!”