Trump Picks Risky Puerto Rico Fight

It was a weekend dominated by scrutiny over President Trump's response to the recovery in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, especially after he started things offs by feuding with the mayor of the island's largest city.

>Trump woke up and fired off several tweets Saturday criticizing

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for her critique of the administration's response to the humanitarian crisis sweeping the island. >He would end up sending more than 20 tweets Saturday

, most of which had to due with Puerto Rico, among them

urging people not to believe "fake news" about the response.

>Cruz, for her part, called for no more distractions

from saving lives on the island and said >she would meet with Trump

when he came to the island on Tuesday.

>One White House official anonymously said

Cruz is too busy doing TV interviews to help her city with recovery efforts.

>Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda,

of Hamilton fame, told Trump he'd go "straight to Hell" for his tweets about Puerto Rico and for his administration's response to the crisis.

Other people, such as >Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

pounced on the tweets and criticized the president.

>Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.,

said Trump's tweets and response to the situation in Puerto Rico reeked of "racism and sexism." Another >top Democrat wants to use National Hurricane Center

data to show Trump was "derelict" in his duty to respond to the incident.

>Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore

, who led the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, said he took the side of the mayor, who's "living on a cot," and he wished the president a good day of golf.

>Music superstar Lady Gaga

alleged Trump isn't helping Puerto Rico because of Electoral College math. The island gets zero votes in the Electoral College. It was a criticism later echoed

by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas.

>Kim Kardashian West

got in on the action too, imploring Trump to stop tweeting and to start helping the island.

Other celebrities also took action in their own way. >Celebrity chef Jose Andres

went to Puerto Rico to begin cooking for residents there.

>The cast of Saturday Night Live skewered

Trump's response with the return of Alec Baldwin as the president.

>Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.,

is currently facing corruption charges and he told Trump it's time to "grow up" in the wake of his tweets about Puerto Rico.

>Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.,

said Trump was "playing politics" with the lives of Puerto Ricans.

>Trump continued his tirade Sunday morning,

calling critics of the administration "politically motivated ingrates" if they weren't happy with the response.

>Cruz was a guest on some of the Sunday shows

and said her chief complaint is that Trump hasn't limited the amount of bureaucracy that's required to get supplies to the island and distributed there.

>FEMA Administrator Brock Long

said the island has a "long way to go," but also took the time to lash out at people who >he thinks have misrepresented

his agency's response to the crisis.

>Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,

used his Sunday show perch to speculate whether Trump's reaction to the situation in Puerto Rico is motivated by race.

>White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert

plans to push a public relations campaign promoting a rosier outlook in Puerto Rico in the coming days, according to a leaked memo.

>Ohio Gov. John Kasich

took issue with Trump using the Puerto Rico crisis to score political points by hitting Cruz with tweets, and said it should be a time for unification.

Meanwhile, >Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

said Trump was just doing what he does — hitting back at someone when they criticize him.

>Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,

defended Trump's response to the crisis because the usual way of doing things was destroyed by the storm. He said the administration tried the usual model and found out it didn't work, which slowed efforts.

>The three-star general

who's now leading the federal government's response said the situation there "is the worst I've ever seen."

>Trump made an appearance at the Presidents Cup

golf tournament where he made a >short speech dedicating the American win

to the hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas.

It was also a big weekend for relations with North Korea.

>Revelations surfaced on Saturday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

has means of communicating with the Hermit Kingdom.

However, on Sunday >Trump told him — via Twitter —

to stop wasting his energy on negotiating with Kim Jong Un and that he

refused to be nice to the regime.

>A former Pentagon spokesman

scoffed at those tweets, saying "what a way to run foreign policy."

>Democrats ripped his tweets

, saying he "fails to understand" what war would be like between the U.S. and North Korea.

A situation from last weekend also refused to go away as sports leagues continued to deal with last weekend's controversy over protests during the national anthem.

>The NBA sent teams a reminder

that players are required to stand during the national anthem.

>Trump also tweeted Saturday

that it was important for players in the NFL to stand during the games on Sunday, which for the most part they did.

>Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert

said he had received racist voicemails after LeBron James, the team's star, called Trump a "bum" on Twitter.

>There was some controversy on Saturday

after the revelation that the national champion women's basketball team from the University of South Carolina was not invited to the White House. American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley assured them they would be getting an invite.

>NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas

suggested players kneel after the anthem is played in order to get their message across in the least controversial way possible.

The topic may be one brought up in an interview scheduled for Wednesday between Trump and >Fox News commentator Sean Hannity,

which will be done in front of a live audience.

>Trump spent most of the weekend

at his golf club in Bedminster, where one person was arrested on a vandalism charge.

There was movement on other areas of news in the White House, namely tax reform.

>White House budget director Mick Mulvaney

cautioned against listening to people who say they know what's going to be in the GOP's tax reform plan, because the details aren't worked out.

However, >that didn't stop Sanders

, who called it "really bad policy," or >Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

who blasted Republicans for not including Democrats in the negotiations.

>Mnuchin said it's not fair

to speculate if Trump will benefit from the tax plan.

>Mnuchin also defended his use of a military plane

to visit Fort Knox during the solar eclipse, calling it "justifiable."

>Mulvaney said Trump is making sure

there would be no further travel controversies.

In Congress, >House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

said the failure of all the GOP's healthcare efforts came down to "one or two" senators.

>Retiring Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker

said he stood by his comments criticizing Trump's competence following the botched response to the Charlottesville violence earlier this summer.

>Corker also predicted American troops

would be in Afghanistan for the next 10 years, stabilizing the country.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said in his "60 Minutes" interview that his first thought after being shot was to pray to God that he wouldn't die because he didn't want his daughter to have to walk down the aisle alone when she got married.

>The Michigan Federation of Teachers

obtained a restraining order against James O'Keefe's Project Veritas on Saturday.

>Former football star O.J. Simpson was released

from prison and >Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

said he would not be welcome in her state.

In Iowa, >a gubernatorial candidate

performed CPR on a guest who fell ill at a steak fry.

>And finally, Sanders' wife, Jane Sanders,

said he would have won the presidential election had he got the nomination over Hillary Clinton.

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