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Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Problem Is Corruption Not Trump

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The liberal media is trying to use Hurricane Maria as Trump’s “Katrina”, but it isn’t working out too well. They’re desperately making the case that Trump has “abandoned” Puerto Rico, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. President Trump is doing much more than any other President yet the news (and they know the truth) constantly crap on him. The MSM wants to make him look like a pariah and a bully. Well, it’s not working. The people who elected him are pleased with him because he’s doing what we elected him to do. The destroy Trump media is not helping in the Puerto Rico recovery any and are trying to blame Trump just like they did with Harvey and Irma and it didn’t work. Besides what do the mayors and critics expect? This is not going to happen overnight. Trump is a very compassionate man. He went to Texas and Florida and personally handed out food and supplies to the residents there and personally oversaw the management of relief efforts while all the media did was criticize Melania’s shoes. He’ll be doing the same I’m sure when he visits Puerto Rico on Tuesday

Trump was right in twittering how the mayor of San Juan was thankful and gracious one day and a few days later she was attacking him as not caring while standing in front of pallets and pallets of food and supplies. He was right in saying the Democrats told her to be nasty to Trump.

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The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.

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…Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They….

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…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.

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Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!

When CNN’s Anderson Cooper was interviewing Mayor Carmen Cruz she had on a dark t-shirt that said “help us we are dying”

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Yet when Geraldo from FOX News caught up with her she ditched the shirt for a plain white shirt and was all smiles.

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Many suspect that CNN had the shirt made up for her in advance which is a strong possibility since they are so anti-Trump and Fox is mostly pro-Trump. So let’s put this in perspective, Puerto Rico has no power, no water, no sewage, no law and no order, but they can have the power to print up a t-shirt for the mayor to wear when being interviewed by CNN.

So far the United States has sent:

14 Sea Vessels
10 total commodity flights

Furthermore, they have opened 11 regional staging areas in Puerto Rico and 6 points of distribution in the Virgin Islands.

There are also 10,000  first responders and troops sent there from the U.S. helping out which Trump has acknowledged since the media won’t.

Not only has the Governor of Puerto Rico praised Trump’s response, but the Mayor of the town NEXT to San Juan is commending the president!

Check out what the Washington Examiner posted:

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.

Despite days of praise for the government’s effort from Puerto Rico’s governor, Yulin Cruz has become the new face of the island in the media with her sharp criticism of the administration’s efforts.

Asked if he has seen similar shortfalls and non-communication from the administration, Perez Otero said “that’s not been my experience.” He added, “There is a lot of politics in Puerto Rico.”

FEMA Administrator Brock Long said President Donald Trump‘s tweeted criticisms of San Juan’s mayor during recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria were about her not sufficiently working with federal officials responding to the crisis. “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 said. “The bottom line is we’ve had a joint field office established for numerous days in San Juan, and 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, so I think that’s the bottom line with that tweet.”

Cruz has blasted the federal response to the storm recovery and said people are dying because of the bureaucratic issues, but Trump has said thousands of workers are on the island doing great work.

Long said FEMA was dealing with disasters in 20 other states, including the fallout from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and said people ought to get rid of the noise and focus on the progress being made.

Jorge Rodriguez, the CEO of PACIV, in an editorial in the New York Post, said  that “for the last 30 years, the Puerto Rican government has been completely inept at handling regular societal needs, so I just don’t see it functioning in a crisis like this one.”

“Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.”

Puerto Ricans elected a new governor last November but, Rodriguez charged, he was inexperienced and had never been responsible for a budget.

“Gov. Ricardo Rossello cannot exactly count on those around him either,” Rodriguez asserted.

“His entire administration is totally inexperienced and they have no clue how to handle a crisis of this magnitude,” said Rodriguez, who has a graduate business degree from Harvard Business School and was named a “Most Distinguished Graduate” by the University of Puerto Rico.

For his part, Rodriguez argued that government mismanagement that has created so many problems for Puerto Rico is showing itself again as it attempts to deal with the devastation from the hurricane.

“For instance, shortly after the hurricane hit, the government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and then changed it,” Rodriguez said. “Now, it’s 7 pm to 5 am, and makes no sense. The curfew has prevented fuel trucks from transporting their loads.

“These trucks should have been allowed to run for 24 hours to address our needs, but they have been stalled, and so we have massive lines at gas stations and severe shortages of diesel at our hospitals and supermarkets.”

The business leader said FEMA experts were present in no uncertain terms when Hurricane Maria hit the island.

“I was really proud of their quick response,” he added. “The first responders and FEMA have all been outstanding in this crisis, and should be supported.”

Rodriguez also had a word of caution 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.”

“They don’t need another aircraft carrier. They need experienced people to run a proper disaster command center.”

Check out the short film what Trump  tweeted is being sent to Puerto Rico

BOOM: Trump tweets ONE video that silences every single critic

 

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About Jim Clayton

I am a retired former newspaper reporter and retail sales person. I'm a politically conservative easy going person from New Jersey. I am married to a wonderful wife and like talking and writing about movies,, concerts I attend and current events all which I write about here. I would enjoy hearing from anyone on my articles and they can write to me here.
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