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"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy," San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said Friday at a news conference.
However, Trump hit back early Saturday, accusing Cruz of "poor leadership ability" and criticizing Puerto Rican officials. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort," he tweeted.
"10,000 federal workers now on island doing a good job."
Speaking today exclusively and live from Puerto Rico, is Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the U.S. commonwealth with a population of more than 3 million. Since the ‘apocalyptic’ Cat 4 storm tore into the spine of Puerto Rico on September 20, Col. Valle has been both duty and blood bound to help.
Col. Valle is a firsthand witness of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) response supporting FEMA in Puerto Rico, and as a Puerto Rican himself with family members living in the devastation, his passion for the people is second to none. “It’s just not true,” Col. Valle says of the major disconnect today between the perception of a lack of response from Washington verses what is really going on on the ground. “I have family here. My parents’ home is here. My uncles, aunts, cousins, are all here. As a Puerto Rican, I can tell you that the problem has nothing to do with the U.S. military, FEMA, or the DoD.”
“It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the ports, waiting to have a vehicle to unload into. However, only 20% of the truck drivers show up to work. These are private citizens in Puerto Rico, paid by companies that are contracted by the government,” says Col. Valle.
The toothless guy is complaining about a law that the governor passed three weeks ago.
The reporter CONFIRMS that the truck drivers are refusing to work in order to get revenge on the governor.
The toothless guy says that the governor’s policies have impacted truckers, so now truckers will show the country THEIR OWN suffering.
The Mayor, Carmen Yulin, is not allowing anyone to distribute…There are dozens and thousands and thousands of food and when people ask we cannot give anything away because [Mayor] Carmen Yulin says that we cannot take anything out... A lot of people have been posting videos (sobbing – inaudible) …and no-one is paying attention.
The mayor of a Puerto Rican city that sits next to San Juan praised the administration's help Saturday night, and chided the "politics" of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been criticizing President Trump. In an interview with Secrets, Guaynabo Mayor Angel Perez Otero said that in several meetings with FEMA and U.S. military officials about the recovery effort, Yulin Cruz has been absent. "I've seen other mayors participating. She's not," said Perez Otero.
Got this synopsis of the video in English from Twitter
(2) The toothless guy is complaining about a law that the governor passed three weeks ago.
(3) The reporter CONFIRMS that the truck drivers are refusing to work in order to get revenge
(4) The toothless guy says that the governor's policies have impacted truckers, so now
(5) The reporters says, "But all this stuff is in the past. In the present, it's an emergency."
(6) The toothless guy says that the country can now experience what the truckers experienced due to the governor's policies.
(7) The toothless guy says the truckers are not responsible for helping the country. That's the governor's job.
(8) Three weeks earlier, nobody cared about the plight of the truckers, so now the truckers don't care about the country.
(9) This is all the governor's fault, the toothless guy says. He passed a law, and now he has to live with it.
(10) The governor didn't understand the suffering of the working man, so now the truckers will show the country what suffering is.
(11) Since the country doesn't care about truckers, the truckers won't help.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: Boadicea
Relief efforts are happening in Texas and Florida too so maybe resources are spread a little thin.
I did find it funny that she filmed her complaint with pallets of aid directly behind her.
And where did her newly printed tshirt come from?
originally posted by: pirhanna
Foregoing Trump's extremely poor showing of leadership regarding Puerto Rico (and the San Juan mayor's desperate desire to cover her own ass), it does appear that relief efforts are well under way. My guess is that its very difficult to contact these truck drivers or for them to get where they need to be, and this actually makes a lot of sense considering how smashed up Puerto Rico is.
Under much pressure, everyone is pointing fingers at the other guys / gals.
originally posted by: Xtrozero
Didn't Trump state that we needed to bring everything in since even the cops are not working? He even said that there are no truck drivers and we need to bring them in too so that the supplies get moved.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Part if not most of the "problem" is possibly due to the major bureaucracy at all levels in PR.
And why didn't PR have a major disaster plan for all these years ?
I predict Federal Martial Law very soon.
Courtesy of CNN.
Bet on it.