The Puerto Rican Relief Effort Has Become Politicized

Reuters: U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to ‘get to work’ on Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop sniping at Puerto Ricans and get to work helping them recover from a devastating hurricane, two days before he was to visit the island, where people remained without food, water or power.

The Republican president said his government was doing a “great job” to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and took a new swipe at critics who said he had been slow to aid the island, where the power grid was destroyed 12 days ago.

“We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates,” he said in a Twitter post.


WNU Editor: The drive-by media is glorifying the officials who run Puerto Rico …. especially those who are critical of the U.S. government’s response. But this Puerto Rican businessman’s assessment (and warnings) on who these people really are strikes me to be more truthful than what we have been hearing from the news for the past few days …. Puerto Rican CEO: Local government ‘corrupt’ and ‘totally inexperienced’ in Maria cleanup (FOX News). His money quote ….

…. “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.”

A commentator to this blog also put everything in perspective (from Anon) ….

…. Puerto Rico has been dodging big hurricanes for 80 years, in 1899 they had a Cat 4, 1928 Cat 5, and 1932 Cat 4. This is their wake up call, time to do things differently, build better, and have a better organized response in place, because whether it’s in 2 years or 100 years they will get hit again by a big hurricane.

Yup …. Puerto Rico …. in order to prosper in the future …. has to change.

More News On The Puerto Rican Relief Effort
Puerto Rico: Trump spat with San Juan mayor escalates as all sides double down — The Guardian
Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism — AFP
Trump scoffs at ‘politically motivated ingrates’ after Maria — AP
San Juan mayor in hurricane spotlight after Trump tweets — AP
Puerto Rico governor says relief arriving to storm-ravaged rural areas — Reuters
In Puerto Rico, acute shortages plunge the masses into survival struggle — Reuters
With long lines for food, water and fuel and no electricity, Puerto Ricans help each other — USA Today
Puerto Ricans lash out at Trump over Hurricane Maria — Al Jazeera