New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she will bring one of President Donald Trump’s biggest critics San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz as her guest to his first State of the Union address tonight.
“It is an honor to announce that Mayor @CarmenYulinCruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico will join me at the #SOTU. Throughout the crisis in Puerto Rico, Mayor Cruz has shown extraordinary leadership and fearless advocacy for her city,” Gillibrand tweeted on Jan. 29. “I hope Mayor Cruz’s presence at #SOTU will remind the president and my colleagues in Congress of our urgent responsibility to help Puerto Rico fully recover and rebuild. Our fellow citizens must not be forgotten or left behind.”
Yulín Cruz responded with enthusiasm to Sen. Gillibrand’s tweet: “An honor to represent thousands in San Juan and more in Puerto Rico who still have no electricity and fight everyday for a better today.”
The Puerto Rican mayor has had an ongoing feud with Trump and his administration following the havoc wreaked on the island by Hurricane Maria last fall. During an interview with MSNBC in October, Yulín Cruz called the president “miscommunication-in-chief.” She also referred to President Trump‘s visit to the U.S. territory following the natural disaster “insulting” — he crassly threw paper towels at victims in a crowd — and wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “Nasty,” a word her used to describe her, during a live interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “What really is nasty is showing your back to the Puerto Rican people,” she said.
The tension between Trump and Yulín Cruz began after he criticized her and other officials’ leadership on the island and suggested that Yulín Cruz was being “nasty” to him because Democrats advised her to do so.
Gillibrand also takes a critical view of President Trump, calling for him to resign and demanding Congress investigate the “multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him” in December. In response to the senator, Trump sent a suggestive tweet that prompted an instant backlash from Trump’s critics who denounced it as sexist and degrading.