White House aide: Trump administration spent 'entire weekend' working on Puerto Rico

Lester Mason
October 2, 2017

Trump tweeted, "Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: "The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered".

On Sunday, however, the Puerto Rican government told FEMA it only wanted 150 officers with vehicles, leading the St. Paul officers to reverse their plans.

FEMA, which is leading the relief effort, has sent 150 containers filled with relief supplies to the port of San Juan since the hurricane struck on September 20, said Omar Negron, director of Puerto Rico's Ports Authority. "I can tell you this: We have done an incredible job considering there's absolutely nothing to work with". Businesses pledged over $224.9 million to relief efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, according to a recent estimate from the Chamber.

Cruzita Mojica is an employee of the Puerto Rico Treasury Department in San Juan.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who won praise for managing the recovery efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said the federal government should have sent relief workers and aid ahead of the storm.

The storm left Puerto Rico with a humanitarian crisis.

Maria knocked out electricity to the entire island, and only a handful of Puerto Rico's 63 hospitals had generators operating at full power.

White House officials are defending President Donald Trump's attacks on the mayor of Puerto Rico's devastated capital city, and they say the administration is doing all it can to help victims of Hurricane Maria.


People on Thursday queue at a gas station to fill up their fuel containers, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Trump's acting homeland security secretary, Elaine Duke, visited the island Friday, surveying the ravaged landscape by helicopter in an hourlong tour, driving past still-flooded streets, twisted billboards and roofs with gaping holes, and offering encouragement to some of the 10,000 emergency personnel she says the US government has on the ground. Many people are unable to work or run their businesses because diesel to run generators is in short supply or they can't spend all day waiting for gas to fill their vehicle.

Carmen Yulin Cruz has done multiple live interviews with TV news outlets regarding the damage the island has sustained, and has been vocal about not receiving the aid needed.

In January 2010, when a devastating quake tore Haiti apart, 20,000 US troops were dispatched to the Caribbean island to help residents, many of whom live in dire poverty even in the best circumstances, get back on their feet.

"I have not seen any federal help around here", said Javier San Miguel, a 51-year-old accountant. "We can't do that in Puerto Rico". He added that he also hopes to stop in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where people are "working hard".

Puerto Ricans have been angered by Trump's delay in waiving a United States law that bars foreign-flagged ships from delivering aid to U.S. ports. "Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path". "And I don't know what world Trump is living in".

She finally got word via J. Lo, who had remotely organized a search team to look for her own relatives in Patilla, where GarcĂ­a's grandparents live.

Making matters worse for many consumers is the fact that those food stores that are open, typically on reduced hours, are unable to process credit or bank cards or the local system of welfare payments.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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