An Update On Puerto Rico – Thursday, October 12th

By Susan Kuebler

The situation in Puerto Rico continues to be dire, but apparently the President of The United States feels like he’s done enough for them.  Trump tweeted out this morning:

Now who, might you ask, is Sharyl Attkisson?  A high-ranking government official?  A leading economic policy advisor? An expert on Puerto Rico?  The answer to all three questions is “No” “No” “No”  According to her own website, Sharyl Attkison is a journalist.  Not just any journalist, but one who works for the decidedly pro-Trump news organization Sinclair Broadcasting.  But Donald Trump considers her to be the last word on the economic situation in Puerto Rico.

Yes, Puerto Rico was having serious economic issues before Hurricane Maria hit, but they should not be penalized because a natural disaster wiped out what little they had.  If anything, this is the perfect time to help rebuild the island, whose residents, we must once again remind the President, are citizens of the United States of America.

That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of it works.  As a U.S. territory, federal government officials and members of the military are permanently stationed on the island.  But the people of Puerto Rico probably wouldn’t even notice if the FEMA people, all 1400 of them, left because they have been worse than useless in helping.  Trump’s tweets unleashed a backlash from Democrats in Congress including Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Darren Soto from Florida, and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer from Maryland NBC News reported.  Pelosi stated “We don’t abandon Americans in their time of need.”  That pretty much sums it up.

The Governor of Puerto Rico also sent out the following appeal today:

They are not asking for more help than others, just the same as any other citizen of the United States should expect to receive during a national disaster.  The same support that Trump promised the people of Texas:

Are the people of Puerto Rico less deserving than the people of Texas?  Or are Puerto Ricans second-class citizens?  In one sense, they are.  They cannot vote for President.  What good are a bunch of people who live out on an island surrounded by great water, ocean water to Donald Trump?

FEMA has not updated its statistics on the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico since yesterday, so it is not possible to provide you with the current status of availability of electricity, clean drinking water, medical or food supplies.  But every day that the people of Puerto Rico go without these essentials, you can count on it that the number of deaths resulting from the hurricane will continue to rise.

But if you want to get an idea just how badly mangled the FEMA efforts are going, watch the following clip from the Rachael Maddow show just two days ago where FEMA stated “it was not their job to deliver food or water to the people.”

This is incompetence at its highest; bureaucracy at its worst.

 

 

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