Puerto Ricans Sickened by WH Bragging Amid Trump’s Inaction After Hurricane Destruction
Trump Gets It Totally Wrong On Relief Efforts For Puerto Ricans After Hurricane Maria.
Once again, Donald Trump seems completely oblivious to reality with recent statements about the government’s response to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.
As CBC reports, Trump appears to believe that everything is going smoothly and the situation is under control.
“Everybody has said it’s amazing, the job that we’ve done in Puerto Rico.”
Well, that’s completely false. The island is destroyed and the response has been, at best, slow and inadequate. One resident who was able to contact his family from the ravaged island, Luis Sanchez-Longo, couldn’t figure out why they were being ignored after Hurricane Maria turned Puerto Rico into “Hiroshima”.
“Where is the marines? Where is the air force? We’re Puerto Ricans. We’re born American citizens. And we need help.”
Food on the island is dwindling, as well as gas and water. As Reuters points out, the power grid on the island has been completely destroyed. Power is needed to “pump, treat and filter water”. In the absence of the power grid, diesel generators are needed, but there aren’t enough, and fuel is dwindling. Only 40 percent of the population has water flowing through their taps and it won’t be until the power grid is up and running again before everyone will have the same access. That is expected to take months.
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But what did Trump do today to help? Well, he decided, in his infinite wisdom, that we would not lift shipping restrictions placed under the Jones Act that would allow anything but US-flagged boats to come into Puerto Rico to bring supplies for relief and rebuilding, according to The Hill. This restriction, however, was lifted for areas affected by Irma and Harvey.
This had Senator John McCain livid.
“It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster. Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome Act.”
To make matters even worse, there are those on the ground in Puerto Rico who are just waiting for orders, so at the moment are not doing anything. And this has the mayor of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, hopping mad according to NBC News.
“This is a big S.O.S for anybody out there, a plea for this help, which is right here, to get moving. The red tape needs to be ripped off as if it were a band aid. There are boots on the ground…but those boots need to start walking.”
So, the question is, who the heck is Trump listening to? Who are all these people saying that the job being done in Puerto Rico has been amazing? Clearly he isn’t listening to those in Puerto Rico who are suffering and wondering where the heck the federal government is.
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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.