Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz also told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week that with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, the focus should be on "saving lives" and not the US territory's high rate of debt or what it may cost to rebuild.
"I know it's been devastating".
"She is singing the praises of the president until her political adviser, [Rep.] Luis Gutiérrez from Chicago, got there and brought her the t-shirts and said, 'Hey you want to run for governor, if she wants to run", he continued until the anchor cut him off, pointing to audio issues.
President Trump's response to the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico was desperately inadequate (and that's putting it generously) until Saturday, when it became downright shameful. "We want to help you", he says, "But we have to take care of America first". "Wait, you do know we're a USA territory don't you?"
"In response to Trump's tweets branding criticism of the federal government's Puerto Rico relief efforts "#fakenews", the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star offered up a dose of reality.
He later hung up on her, saying, "Wow, that woman was so nasty".
- Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid)ZOMG #MichaelChe just called Trump a "bitch" and a "cheap cracker" over his response to Puerto Rico.
She explains to him that Puerto Rico is, in fact, part of the United States. How nasty? Are you shaking? "You wanna go smoke a Virginia Slim until your hand stops moving?"
After going days without mentioning the hurricane-devastated island after the storm, officials have held numerous press conferences describing their relief efforts and Mr Trump has mentioned Puerto Rico at almost every public event. It's hurricane relief. These people need help.
"We haven't seen a government official or anything, no FEMA, no military, no local government", said Daniel Santiago, 51, of Fajardo, as he waited in line to get into a food store.
Trump did take to Twitter (surprise) on Sunday, Oct. 1 to address the situation - a brief break for all the football players out there. "I could've played. People say I remind them of an National Football League player because I'm combative, I like to win and I might have a degenerative brain disease". "I'd love to keep doing this per my availability, but I have other things I'm going to do, so I guess we'll figure it out", explained Baldwin.