Retired Lt. Gen Russel Honore, who led recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, defended San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz after President Trump accused her of being a poor leader as Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
"I have no reaction. The mayor's living on a cot, and I hope the president has a good day of golf," Honore told CNN on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, the president, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., sent a series of tweets criticizing Cruz.
"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," Trump tweeted.
"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," he said in subsequent tweets. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job."
But Honore said the U.S. territory needs additional supplies, including at least 150 helicopters to help distribute resources to areas of the island, and more "boots on the ground to help kickstart the system," distribute gas, and send medicine to hospitals that need it.
He also called for Trump to send military leaders to Puerto Rico and deploy more resources.
"I would encourage him to give Gen. [Jeff] Buchanan everything that he thinks he wants, direct the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and order the NORTHCOM commander to be on scene," Honoré said. "She has the authority to give Gen. Buchanan everything he needs, and that's what is needed right now. He needs full support, no ifs and buts about it."
Buchanan is overseeing the military response to the devastation in Puerto Rico.