WH: 'Sad' That San Juan’s Mayor Chose to Make a Political Statement With 'Nasty' T-Shirt

By Melanie Arter | October 6, 2017 | 11:40am EDT
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz (Screenshot of Univision video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Thursday that it was “sad” that San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz chose to make a political statement by wearing a t-shirt that said “nasty” during a TV interview after President Trump’s visit to the island.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president’s visit to Puerto Rico was “widely praised, even by a Democrat governor.”

“I think that it is sad that the mayor of San Juan chose to make that a political statement instead of a time of focusing on the relief efforts,” Sanders said.

Trump called Hillary Clinton “ a nasty woman” during the election.

Sanders said Cruz didn’t make any comments when the president opened up the floor for discussion to the other mayors who were present during the meeting.

“The president invited her to be part of that conversation. He specifically asked in the meeting where many were present, including a couple dozen other mayors who were very happy with the recovery efforts -- the governor, the congresswoman. He opened the floor up for discussion, and she actually made zero comments,” Sanders said.

“To me, that would have been the time and the place that she should have weighed in and asked for what she needed and laid out what she was asking for for San Juan. She didn't.

Instead she chose to wait until the president left and then criticize him on TV, which I think is the wrong thing for her to do for her constituents, and I hope next time she's given the opportunity to help her constituents, she'll take it,” Sanders added.

In an interview with “Al Punto Univision,” Cruz said that she told President Donald Trump that “this is about saving lives, not about politics.”

She said those who say she’s criticizing the president and the federal government because she wants to run for mayor “are the ones with myopic views and who do everything with a political calculation.”

“The only calculation I do is a human one,” Cruz said. “I’ve supported and haven’t said one negative word about the governor of Puerto Rico. I’ve supported the decisions he’s made, and he knows he has in me a tireless collaborator even though we have different versions of life. I’ve taken with a lot of responsibility the opportunity I’ve had to talk with US and international media because I know what is important is saving lives.”

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