President Trump took to Twitter Saturday to push back against the mayor of San Juan after she blasted his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria relief efforts, as Puerto Rico continues to struggle with recovering in the aftermath of the storm’s devastation.

“This is, dammit, this is not a good news story,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz had said on CNN. “This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a ‘life or death’ story. This is ‘there’s a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people’ story. This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen.”

“We’re dying here,” Cruz added. “We truly are dying here. And I keep saying it, S.O.S. If anyone can hear us, if Mr. Trump can hear us, let’s just get it over with and get the ball rolling.”

The president then accused Cruz of poor leadership and suggested there needed to be a stronger community effort.

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the president tweeted on Saturday. “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

Puerto Rico continues to be without power and is struggling to get supplies to the island, prompting increased pleads for help from the U.S. territory

“The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job,” Trump added. “Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.”

Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda then fired back, taking his criticism of the president to a new level in saying that Trump was “going straight to hell.”

“You’re going straight to hell, @realDonald Trump. No long lines for you,” tweeted the “Hamilton” star, who is of Puerto Rican descent. “Someone will say, ‘Right this way, sir.’ They’ll clear a path.”

The president is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

“I do reiterate that the only way for this to work is for us to have collaboration,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said. “And let me stress this, I am committed to collaborating with everybody. This is a point where we can’t look at small differences. We can’t establish differences based on politics.”

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