San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to join Kirsten Gillibrand at State of the Union

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Monday that San Juan’s mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz will be her guest for President Trump’s State of the Union address on January 30. 

“Throughout the [hurricane] crisis in Puerto Rico, Mayor Cruz has shown extraordinary leadership and fearless advocacy for her city,” Gillibrand wrote on Twitter. “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.”

Cruz and Trump have been at odds since not long after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September.

RELATED: A look at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz

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The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz points as she visits the Playita community with US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I- VT) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 27, 2017. More than 73,000 people have fled emergency conditions at home for Florida since Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory in the Caribbean. / AFP PHOTO / Ricardo ARDUENGO (Photo credit should read RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz talks with journalists outside the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz stands outside of the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz talks with journalists outside the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 30, 2017 REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz points to a Puerto Rican flag outside the government center at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum days after Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz (far L) waits to greet U.S. President Donald Trump before a briefing to survey hurricane damage at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S. October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz (foreground) attends a briefing with U.S. President Donald Trump on hurricane damage, at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S. October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - DECEMBER 09: Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, throws the first ball as part of the aperture ceremony of the Yadier Molina Celebrity Softball Game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on December 9, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Gladys Vega/Getty Images)
Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico Carmen Yulin Cruz arrives for the 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award Show on December 5, 2017, at Barclays Center in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico, speaks to the media after meeting with the House Democratic Caucus about the current situation in Puerto Rico, on Capitol Hill November 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2017, after a closed door caucus meeting. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2017 after a closed door caucus meeting. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 2: San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz believes this is not the time for politics, including the discussion of statehood for Puerto Rico. She says all should come together to try to help the island recover. The debate over whether or not Puerto Rico should be given statehood has surfaced again with the attention hurricane Maria brought to the island. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO SEPTEMBER 29: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, hands in solar lamps to La Perla Residents. Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico leaving behind a path of destruction across the national territory. (Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 25: Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Juan and her husband Alfredo Carrasquillo attend the Silvio Rodriguez concert at Coliseo Jose M. Agrelot on March 25, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by GV Cruz/WireImage)
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While the Trump administration touted its relief efforts as being successful, Cruz came forward to note the government’s severe insufficiencies in providing necessities like drinkable water and food, reports the Washington Post.

“I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying…We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency,” she also said at a press conference.

Trump responded to her pleas with tweets asserting Cruz had “been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” and saying that Puerto Rican officials “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” 

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Tax reform win

Trump's single biggest legislative win in his first year as president was signing tax reform legislation into law. He will undoubtedly tout this Capitol Hill victory in his speech.

Immigration

From the border wall to a continued call to end "chain migration," major immigration reform and a plan for the 690,000 Dreamers brought to the U.S. illegally as children is likely going to be a major subject of Trump's State of the Union address.

Trade

As recently as last week in Davos, President Trump has emphasized that he wants "fair" trade deals that benefit the U.S.

Infrastructure

Trump is set to release his promised infrastructure plan on Tuesday -- a potentially $1 trillion workup that was reportedly leaked last week.

Stock market

Trump often boasts of a booming U.S. economy via Twitter, and will surely use the rocketing market as evidence of his administration's good work.

America First

Building off his nationalist speech in Davos last week, President Trump will likely posture himself before Congress as a commander in chief who puts the U.S. interest first, and everything else comes after that.

National security

Where Trump administration rhetoric is concerned, national security and immigration go hand in hand. The address will likely also maintain elements of praise for ICE and law enforcement agency work.

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