Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto is playing politics with the lives of the people living in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cruz is a longtime Trump-hater who actually praised President Donald Trump just days ago before going on a rant trying to paint him as uncaring and incompetent.
FEMA has been trying to get her to participate in meetings so that they know how best to serve the people of San Juan but the mayor refuses all meetings because she is too busy doing interviews bashing President Trump.
Fellow mayor of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Angel Perez, is delighted with the response he has gotten from the Trump administration. He has high praise for the president and for FEMA.
Here’s what he said about the relief effort, according to the Daily Caller:
“My experience is different. I have been participating in different meetings at the headquarters of FEMA and our government and the help is coming in and right now my experience is different from hers. I’m receiving help from the government, we are receiving assistance from FEMA, I got people over here helping us with applications for the people that have damage in their houses. And we have here in Guaynabo, we have thousands of people that lost partially or totally their houses.”
“I don’t know why she is saying that. What I can tell you is my experience. She is not participating in any meetings and we had a couple already with the governors and with representation of FEMA and of HUD, of these whole federal agencies that have given us help and she’s not participating in those meetings and some mayors from her political party have been participating, so I don’t know why she is saying that. My experience is very different.”
And what about the governor of Puerto Rico?:
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló praised President Donald Trump for his response to the island after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
“The president and the administration, every time we’ve asked them to execute, they’ve executed quickly,” Rosselló told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview on Friday morning.
Cruz’s criticism comes as no surprise but where she chose to complain about receiving no aid from Trump is. See if you can spot the irony:
San Juan Mayor: “I’m mad as hell because my people’s lives are at stake… We are dying, and you (Trump) are killing us with inefficiency”
Aid has been pouring in and just one freight company alone at one port has 3,400 containers with food and supplies just sitting at the port waiting for someone to deliver them.
These containers were brought to the island by Crowley, a maritime shipping company. The company started unloading shipments on Saturday. By Friday, it will have received more than 4,000 loaded crates.
Most of the containers coming in have never left. Crowley says it has more than 3,400 commercial containers at its terminal now. That’s just one shipping company, at one port. Several other ports are accepting shipments, and stranded crates total an estimated 10,000.
“These containers are full of food, these containers are full of water, full of medicine … full of construction materials,” says Vice President Jose Ayala, who notes a barge a day has arrived since the port opened on Saturday. “It has reached Puerto Rico. The problem is we can’t get it on the shelves.”
FEMA has also blasted Cruz for refusing to participate in recovery:
FEMA administrator Brock Long defended a series of tweets from President Trump blasting San Juan’s mayor for criticizing the relief efforts following Hurricane Maria.
In an interview on CNN, Long suggested that Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city, has failed to connect with a command center FEMA set up on the island to help with the relief effort.
“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.
“What we need is for the mayor, the good mayor, to make her way to the joint field office and get plugged into what’s going on and be successful,” he continued, adding that, “I think that’s the bottom line on that tweet.”
The poor people of San Juan has been hit by two natural disasters, the hurricane and the mayor. There’s not much they can do about the hurricane, but the mayor is a totally different story.
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