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Trump calls San Juan mayor ‘incompetent’ as new storm bears down

Caitlin Webber

President Donald Trump revived his feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz as Puerto Rico braced for Tropical Storm Dorian.

Trump had a message for Cruz as the storm appeared set to sideswipe the U.S. territory: Get ready to show gratitude to federal emergency workers.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

“FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job,” Trump said in a tweet Wednesday. “When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank you – not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!”

Trump clashed with Puerto Rican leaders after Hurricane Maria battered the island in 2017, knocking out electricity for months and causing almost 3,000 estimated deaths.

When Trump visited San Juan after the devastation, he famously threw rolls of paper towels into a crowd gathered at a church. He also attacked Cruz for criticizing the government’s response, dismissing her “poor leadership ability” and calling his critics “ingrates.”

Dorian is expected to target Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Wednesday. Chances are increasing that the storm will approach Florida bringing 100-mile-per-hour winds, making it a Category 2 hurricane, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.