Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday tore into a comment made the prior day by the acting homeland security secretary, Elaine Duke, that federal relief efforts in the U.S. island territory were “a good news story.”

Duke, speaking outside the White House on Thursday, had said she was “very satisfied” with the progress made in response to Hurricane Maria.

“I know that it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane,” Duke said.

The island has been plunged into a humanitarian crisis since Hurricane Maria hit September 20, and the Trump administration has faced a torrent of criticism over slow and disorganized relief efforts.


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