>> The mayor of San Juan rejected President Trump's defense of his actions in Puerto Rico Wednesday. He'd call the US response to Hurricane Maria an unsung success. That storm slammed into Puerto Rico last year, and a recent study put the death toll at nearly 3,000 people killed either directly or in the aftermath.
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has already been a fierce critic of Trump's response, and in an interview with Reuters she said people facing Hurricane Florence on the east coast could die unless Trump learned his lesson a year ago.>> The world has seen and the majority of the American people have seen how neglectful he was towards the people of Puerto Rico.
If he calls a success or an unsung success 3,000 people dying on his watch, definitely he doesn't know what success is. President Trump does not get it, he will never get it. And unfortunately people died because of that.>> Cruz says she's seen some improvement in Puerto Rico's recovery.
But she thinks there's still work to be done. There are still 45,000 homes with blue roofs, the tarps installed by FEMA responders. And as for the $50 billion Congress approved to rebuild Puerto Rico, Cruz says most of it hasn't yet been dispersed. However, while the economy of Puerto Rico remains weak, Cruz's stressed resources should be given over to help the Carolinas, as they brace for Florence.
>> It is our duty as humans to ensure that when one human is in need, we all go to their rescue.>> Trump said Tuesday the White House is totally prepared for Florence.>> We're as ready as anybody has ever been.>> And that the government will spare no expense in a response.