NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito pulled no punches Monday in blasting Washington’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

As WCBS 880’s Myles Miller reported, Mark-Viverito said the situation in Puerto Rico brought on by Hurricane Maria has not gotten better – and slammed President Donald Trump by referencing his Twitter use.

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“The humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico is not subsiding, despite what you may be hearing or despite what the Twitter troll in chief would like to project,” she said.

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Speaking at an event at the Taino Towers in East Harlem, the speaker and other elected officials called on the federal government to increase resources for relief efforts. U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat was in Puerto Rico last weekend.

“There are not enough troops on the ground,” he said. “This should really be a military operation where you can put up a floating bridge when a bridge is down.”

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Espaillat said Puerto Ricans are resilient and will get back on their feet.
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