Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called it—among other things—both "outrageous" and "poor leadership."
"While you are amusing yourself throwing paper towels at us, your compatriots and the world are sending love and help our way."
—San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz described it as "unbecoming of the leader of a free world" and declared President Donald Trump the "Hater in Chief."
And Alejandro García Padilla, the former governor of Puerto Rico, said it is important be plain about what this is: "racist." In an afternoon interview with MSNBC, Padilla said, "He is showing off that he is just racist. Let's call it by name." That's a "pretty bold assertion" host Craig Melvin said in response. "Yes. Yes it is," acknowledged Padilla.
All of that is just a sample of today's response to a "disgusting" early-morning tweet sent out by Trump in which he passive-aggressively blamed Puerto Ricans for their current woes and suggested—despite the serious and deadly situation on the island—that there was a timeline for how long federal emergency efforts would continue.
@POTUS your comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a “Hater in Chief”.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 12, 2017
In one out of a series of tweets, Warren said, "It is outrageous that
@realDonaldTrump is making veiled threats to withdraw relief workers from US citizens in need. That's poor leadership."
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Addressing the president directly in a statement issued in response to the tweets, Cruz declared, "Mr. President, you seem to want to disregard the moral imperative that your administration has been unable to fulfill." She added, "Tweet away your hate to mask your administration's mishandling of this humanitarian crisis. While you are amusing yourself throwing paper towels at us, your compatriots and the world are sending love and help our way. Condemn us to a slow death of non-drinkable water, lack of food, lack of medicine while you keep others eager to help from reaching us."
Watch the comments by the island territory's former governor Padilla:
And Sen. Warren's series of tweets aimed at Trump looked like this: