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“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.
It’s a dilemma with dependent conditions. The citizens need fuel and supplies brought in by relief efforts. The truck drivers who move the fuel and supplies from ports and airstrips need fuel and traversable roads—and before anything else they need supplies for their own families.
When asked three times what else Washington can do to help, or anyone for that matter, three times Col. Valle answered, “It’s going to take time.”
San Juan Mayor Admits She Hasn't Met With Federal Officials At Joint Field Office Over Hurricane Relief Efforts
Cruz got in an extended argument with Trump on Saturday when she held a press conference — ironically in front of pallets containing massive supplies sent since the hurricane struck — saying the president has "abandoned" Puerto Rico. Trump fired back with several posts on Twitter that the federal government is going all out in its attempts to help the U.S. territory. FEMA administrator Brock Long told CNN on Saturday that Cruz hasn't connected with the FEMA command center established to coordinate relief efforts. “The problem that we have with the mayor unfortunately is that unity of command is ultimately what’s needed to be successful in this response,” Long told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield, The Hill reported.
Neighboring mayor praises Trump, says San Juan mayor playing 'politics,' AWOL at meetings
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.
He noted that the country was in a financial crisis before Hurricane Maria hit and that it needs financial help from Washington. But he said that recovery aid is pouring in. "We are receiving a lot of help from FEMA and the Red Cross...there is lots of help coming to us," said Perez Otero.
Jorge Rodriguez, 49, is the Harvard-educated CEO of PACIV, an international engineering firm based in Puerto Rico that works with the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. The Puerto Rican-born engineer says he has dispatched 50 engineers to help FEMA rehabilitate the devastated island — a commonwealth of the United States — after Hurricane Maria. He refuses to work with the local government, which he called inept and riddled with corruption.
I’m really tired of Puerto Rican government officials blaming the federal government for their woes and for not acting fast enough to help people on the island. Last week I had three federal agents in my office and I was so embarrassed; I went out of my way to apologize to them for the attitude of my government and what they have been saying about the US response. When the hurricane hit we had experts from FEMA from all over the US on the ground and I was really proud of their quick response. The first responders and FEMA have all been outstanding in this crisis, and should be supported.
I have a message for the U.S. Congress: Watch out what relief funds you approve and let our local government handle. Don’t let the Puerto Rican government play the victim and fool you. They have no clue what they are doing, and I worry that they will mishandle anything that comes their way.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Here's an interesting story........
All roads were open, and supplies were being delivered to all points of the island until communists tied to Hillary Clinton ordered the truckers to stop moving
originally posted by: 1337Kph
WORKING subtitles in English. TURN THEM ON.
A PR cop got in touch with a news station and dished out some shocking statements. Mayor withholding the public from donations, they need the US army to come and distribute the aid themselves, and more.
originally posted by: trollz
There's a port in Puerto Rico packed with thousands of trailers (news is saying 9500) full of food and supplies that aren't going anywhere. The mayor is just letting the supplies sit there with the excuse that they can't contact their truck drivers. We have military and first responders there doing everything they can to help, so there's no reason those supplies can't get out to people, unless they're being intentionally held up for political reasons.
I'd say it's time for the military to take over and get those supplies to people.
originally posted by: Tardacus
why are private companies and private drivers hauling EMERGENCY supplies in a devastated area? shouldn`t the national guard be doing that?
originally posted by: Tardacus
when stuff like that happens in the U.S. there are national guard trucks everywhere,not private company trucks. if PR is using private companies to distribute the emergency supplies you can be sure that there Is a lot of corruption going on.
90% of the supplies are being stolen by the government and the private companies hired to haul the supplies, the public is only getting 10% of the supplies.
PR is a third world latin American country and all those countries are corrupt from the top down, no wonder the common folks are dying and not getting the supplies.what kind of country takes the risk of paying private companies to distribute emergency relief during a national devastation? I`ll tell you what kind of country only a third world puissant dictator country.the people in PR are screaming about how the rest of the world isn`t helping them but it seems like they should be blaming their own third world government for not helping them.
originally posted by: justneo
It's all a ruse to make trump look like the bad guy even though he is doing what he can to help, consider all helpers have been spread across a few places still doing the clean up and work from the other hurricanes.
It's Truely disgusting.