Dec 29, 2017

San Juan Mayor says Trump was "disaster-in-chief" during Maria

A tree toppled by Hurricane Maria rests over damaged graves in the Villa Palmeras cemetery. Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images

On the week of the 100-day mark of Hurricane Maria making landfall in Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz thanked the Americans "that have stood with San Juan and Puerto Rico," but again criticized President Trump's response, per ABC.

"He was disrespectful to the Puerto Rican people, he was disrespectful to the American people who were leaving their homes to come help us here...Where he needed to be a commander-in-chief, he was a disaster-in-chief. President Trump does not embody the values of the good-hearted American people that have make sure that we are not forgotten."

Why it matters: According to the Puerto Rican government site, still only 69% of the island has power, and there's skepticism around the current death toll. Officially, the number is 64, ABC reports, but Gov. Ricardo Rossello ordered that all deaths since Maria be reviewed.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.