San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Reacts to Trump's SOTU Address


During his State of the Union speech, Donald Trump conveyed to America that he is in solidarity with Puerto Rico after the island experienced deadly hurricanes last year.

MORE: Trump Attacks San Juan Mayor Saying People of Puerto Rico 'Want Everything Done For Them'

However, Trump did not acknowledge FEMA’s withdrawal from the country at the time or the 35 percent of people still without electricity. Instead, Trump merely mentioned Puerto Rico in his statement wherein expressing his solidarity. “To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, California and everywhere else -- we are with you, we love you, and we will pull through together," Trump stated.  

San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, did not hold back her anger and frustration when asked about Trump’s SOTU statement by CNN.

Mayor Cruz stated that Trump’s words were an “utter statement of hypocrisy.” She then added that “Trump speaks out of both sides of his mouth. On the one hand, he says he wants to help Puerto Rico. On the other hand, he imposed a 20% income tax on every good and service that comes from Puerto Rico into the United States. On the one hand, he says he will be with you for the long run. And on the other hand, the [Food and Drug Administration] is trying to convince pharmaceutical companies to leave Puerto Rico.”  

Mayor Cruz is no stranger to speaking her mind about her opinion on the Trump administration. Last year, Cruz was deemed as being “nasty to trump” in a series of tweets by Donald after Cruz publicly stated to ABC News that she was disappointed in the US recovery assistance.  

Trump says he is with and loves Puerto Rico yet Mayor Cruz once again questioned Trump’s definition of love and support. To CNN she said, “He says he cares and he came here and threw paper towels at us. And on the other hand, he doesn’t provide his administration with a clear set of goals to help Puerto Rico.” She also added stated that “…children are going to school only part-time. Half a million homes are totally disrupted, either need to be rebuilt completely or need to have their roof put back on.” According to the New York Times FEMA has since stated that they are not ending their assistance in Puerto Rico.

PLUS: San Juan Mayor Denounces Trump For Inadequate Hurricane Relief Efforts

We can all unite as Latinas, as American people, in hoping FEMA continues to assist those in need and that Puerto Rico’s strength continues to grow.