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Politicians and celebrities react to Trump's tweets slamming Puerto Rico mayor

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump talks to media as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Trump is lashing out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city in a war of words over recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria smashed into the U.S. territory. Trump is out with a series of tweets criticizing San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz for criticizing the Trump administration's hurricane response. The mayor has accused his administration of "killing us with the inefficiency." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A number of politicians and celebrities reacted to President Trump's tweets on the San Juan mayor Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

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A number of politicians and celebrities took to social media Saturday to criticize President Trump’s tweets slamming San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who had denounced the president’s efforts to get supplies, electricity and other relief to the island following Hurricane Maria.

"Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help," Trump said in a series of tweets a day after the capital city's mayor appealed for help "to save us from dying."

…Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017

TRUMP PRAISES PUERTO RICO AID, MAYOR SAYS IT’S ‘KILLING US’

Cruz accused the Trump administration of “killing us with the inefficiency” after Hurricane Maria. Cruz implored the president, who is set to visit the U.S. territory on Tuesday to “make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”

TRUMP FIRES BACK AT PUERTO RICO MAYOR, ACCUSES HER OF ‘POOR LEADERSHIP’

Politicians and celebrities were quick to react to Saturday’s Twitter storm.

“Hamilton” creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a number of times criticizing the president and said he was going “straight to hell.”

You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump.
No long lines for you.
Someone will say, "Right this way, sir."
They'll clear a path. https://t.co/xXfJH0KJmw

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 30, 2017

She has been working 24/7.
You have been GOLFING.
You're going straight to hell.
Fastest golf cart you ever took. https://t.co/5hOY23MBvQ

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 30, 2017

Did you tweet this one from the first hole, 18th hole, or the club?
Anyway, it's a lie. You're a congenital liar.https://t.co/pxx7qvHPdf https://t.co/edFgHSHe3y

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 30, 2017

Cruz tweeted pictures of people helping one another in Puerto Rico with a caption stating: “The goal is one: saving lives. This is the time to show our “true colors.” We cannot be distracted by anything else.”

The goal is one: saving lives. This is the time to show our "true colors". We cannot be distracted by anything else. pic.twitter.com/7PAINk19xM

— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) September 30, 2017

Comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted: Remember when George Bush "hated" black people after Katrina? Seems like someone hates Puerto Ricans. These people are begging for help.

Remember when George bush "hated" black people after Katrina? Seems like someone hates Puerto Ricans. These people are begging for help.

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) September 30, 2017

“Sons of Anarchy” actor Ron Perlman tweeted a picture of Trump with a caption stating: “I call this my ‘Noriega’ look.” Manuel Noriega was a former dictator of Panama who was overthrown by the U.S.

I call this my 'Noriega' look. pic.twitter.com/Ouy47cXGJ6

— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) September 30, 2017

Lady Gaga tweeted to Trump: "I think it's clear where the 'poor leadership' lies."

I this it's clear where the 'poor leadership' lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This is our responsibility.

— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2017

Actress Amber Tamblyn said to remember Trump’s “actions” today when the next presidential election is held.

No matter who you are, please remember the actions of this President today when it comes time to vote in 2020. He needs to go. #PuertoRico

— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 30, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted her support to Cruz and the Puerto Ricans.

.@CarmenYulinCruz I see you, I hear you, I love you. You're a hero.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 30, 2017

Sarah Silverman retweeted a number of responses.

*Doesn’t hurt the pathology that he was born rich, to a racist slumlord https://t.co/6dZAqr3RLy

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 30, 2017

Senator Chris Murphy D-Conn. retweeted one of Trump’s tweets and wrote: “don’t ever let this become normalized.”

Don't ever let this become normalized. Today our President will sit in his opulent golf resort attacking hurricane first responders. https://t.co/8hOVuk3cKM

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 30, 2017

Senator Ed Markey D-Mass. tweeted that the president should apologize when he visits Puerto Rico next week.

First thing Trump should do on Tues when he visits #PuertoRico for the first time since #HurricaneMaria devastated the island is apologize. https://t.co/wYQoHk7Tw6

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) September 30, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a number of times that the U.S. military and first responders were saving lives in Puerto Rico but “that is often a story that doesn’t get told.”

The real story some in the media refuse to tell-> https://t.co/OAEiKjcVoo

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 30, 2017

House Rep. Donald McEachin D-Va. said Trump’s tweets were “disappointing and unhelpful.”

My full statement on the @realDonaldTrump’s disappointing, insensitive and unhelpful tweets: https://t.co/eQtWIKEHoa. pic.twitter.com/dIkLg1jCbp

— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) September 30, 2017

House Rep. Don Beyer D-Va. said Trump “focused on aid efforts in TX & FL but ignored Puerto Rico.”

You focused on aid efforts in TX & FL but ignored Puerto Rico. Now you attack San Juan's mayor for saying "people are dying." THEY ARE DYING

— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 30, 2017

Sen. Patrick Leahy D-Vt. tweeted an article from The Washington Post about the White House’s response efforts to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

'Heckuva Job' — Washington Post sums up White House's lack of focus on Puerto Rico's suffering. URGENT needs. https://t.co/9YwFmG3F9a

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) September 30, 2017

Dan Scavino Jr., the White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the president, said Cruz was putting on a show and had criticized Trump before he was president.

San Juan, PR Mayor has been hating on @realDonaldTrump long before he was our President. I'm not surprised by the show she is putting on… pic.twitter.com/vRPxS6J19A

— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) September 30, 2017

House Rep. Ted Lieu D-Calif. tweeted: "You can believe the words of the 3-star general & San Juan Mayor in Puerto Rico, or you can believe @realDonaldTrump who is playing golf.”

You can believe the words of the 3-star general & San Juan Mayor in Puerto Rico, or you can believe @realDonaldTrump who is playing golf. https://t.co/p96dvKcQWY

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 30, 2017

“Star Trek” actor George Takei said it was ironic Trump was tweeting about the mayor of San Juan while golfing.

The irony of Trump golfing and tweeting—saying the mayor of San Juan wants “everything to be done for them”—it’s is thick as his skull. pic.twitter.com/BIdMZpWQfB

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 30, 2017

House Rep. Ruben Kihuen D-Nev. criticized Trump for his tweets and urged him to help out the Puerto Rico.

Attacking fellow Americans who are dying and begging for help is not exactly real leadership, @realDonaldTrump. Let's get help to them ASAP! https://t.co/c0AWxjfQLK

— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) September 30, 2017

Sen. Cortez Masto D-Nev. called Trump’s tweets against Cruz “atrocious.”

.@realDonaldTrump attacks on @CarmenYulinCruz are atrocious. Mayor Cruz's defining what true leadership looks like. She's owed aid & apology https://t.co/evxe6YZYeW

— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) September 30, 2017

Sen. Tim Kaine D-Va. said Trump needed to “stop pointing fingers.”

The President needs to stop pointing fingers & start taking quick action. We should use all resources at our disposal to help #PuertoRico. https://t.co/EceqAfRzEZ

— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) September 30, 2017

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called Trump’s tweets were “offensive.”

Offensive. When millions in Puerto Rico are in crisis, the president should be better than this. https://t.co/ca52gNgHUZ

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) September 30, 2017

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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