San Juan mayor says focus needs to be on 'saving lives,' not Puerto Rico's debt

Trump has slammed the mayor, who has pleaded for more hurricane relief.

“Let us not talk about the debt; let us not talk about the cost of reconstruction. Let’s just talk about saving lives right now,” Cruz told Stephanopoulos. “You put the people above the debt. People’s lives and avoiding death above the debt. That’s just how it’s done.”

Cruz has been outspoken in asking for more federal aid to Puerto Rico. Trump on Saturday blasted her and those in the territory whom he said "want everything to be done for them."

Cruz told Stephanopoulos on Sunday she would still meet Trump.

“If he asks to meet with me, of course I will meet with him,” she said.

“I’ve been quite complimentary of the people from [the Health and Human Services Department] and FEMA," Cruz said. "Their heart is in the right place, but we have to cut the red tape ... Things have to be done in a sustained manner."

FEMA Administrator Brock Long, also on "This Week" Sunday, responded to the mayor’s criticisms of the relief effort.

He suggested that Cruz wasn't working closely enough with federal responders.

“We tried to embed staff with the mayor,” Long said. “If you aren’t connected into that joint field office, you don’t understand [the] commander’s intent; you don’t understand the successes of what’s been done versus what needs to be done, where the gaps are.”