Lin-Manuel Miranda to Trump: 'You're going straight to hell'

The president also thanked Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp "who stated that #FEMA and Military are doing a GREAT job!"

He suggested the Trump-Cruz issue was to his "side" and said his message is that he's "here to help" and collaborate with the federal government on resources.

Michael Che, who co-hosts "Weekend Update", blasted Trump over a series of tweets he sent on Saturday criticizing Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"People are dying in this country", said Cruz in a televised news conference on Friday.

At the same time, it will make evacuees sign a promise to pay their airfare in full, adding that authorities will keep the evacuee's passports as collateral, forcing them to "arrange payments as agreed upon via the promissory note".

Miranda, a playwright and actor who created and starred in "Hamilton", is the son of Luis A. Miranda, Jr., who moved to NY from Puerto Rico when he was 17.

Cruz complained in multiple interviews about the USA administration's response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

Former Republican Congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has denounced US President Donald Trump's verbal assault on the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, after she begged for help in handling the crisis and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

The President also tweeted on Saturday: "Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.' Not fair to FR or effort!"

Mr Trump went on to say that there are "10,000 federal workers now on (the) island doing a fantastic job" and an "amazing job".

Despite the criticism, Yulín Cruz told ABC's This Week that she would meet with Trump when he visits the island Tuesday if she is invited.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 storm on September 20, killing at least 16 people.

"This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water", he said Friday. "These people need help", he continued.

  • Rogelio Becker