San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has doubled down on her accusations that President Trump may be guilty of “genocide” for his supposedly lackluster response to Hurricane Maria. The hurricane recently devasted the American island territory of Puerto Rico.
“I ask the United Nations, UNICEF, and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in our eyes and seeing the pride that burns fiercely in our hearts and souls,” accused San Juan Mayor Cruz, as reported by The Washinton Times.
This is not the first time Mayor Cruz has accused President Trump of genocide. According to The Guardian, at a press conference held at the end of last month, Cruz said, “What we are going to see is something close to a genocide,” if Trump does not solve logistical hurdles.
In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention & Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The Convention defines genocide as, “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”
It is unclear whether or not Mayor Cruz is accusing President Trump of legally meeting the international standard for genocide.
“I ask every American that has love, and not hate in their hearts, to stand with Puerto Rico and let this President know we WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE,” Cruz said in a statement that was sent and publicized by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).
Yesterday, the House voted in favor of a $36.5 billion aid package that will replenish funds and provide relief for hurricane and wildfire relief efforts. The money will be directed towards recovery efforts in Florida, Texas, The US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is likely to receive the majority of the funding.
Trump recently attracted criticism when he released a tweet explaining that emergency workers will eventually have to leave Puerto Rico. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” he said.
At a press conference with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, one reporter misrepresented President Trump and suggested that the President was planning to abandon Puerto Rico because he does not consider Puerto Ricans American citizens.
San Juan mayor asks for help to stop the genocide in Puerto Rico. Is this a ridiculous accusation?
Kelly corrected the reporter and said that the President was referring to emergency workers in Puerto Rico, and not America itself. “The US military and FEMA can’t be there forever,” Kelly said.
President Trump and Mayor Cruz have sparred since Hurricane Maria first made landfall. However, Cruz has clearly crossed the line by outright accusing President Trump of genocide– the most heinous of crimes.