Donald Trump waited far too long to even try to mount a reasonable response to the post-hurricane crisis in the United States territory of Puerto Rico. Now that he’s been pressured into making an effort, he’s trying to spin his belated response into a feel good story – even as Americans are suffering and dying in Puerto Rico. Suffice it to say that it’s not going over well with local leaders.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, the Mayor of the Puerto Rico capital of San Juan, appeared on CNN today. She was asked to address the Trump administration’s assertion that its post-hurricane response was a “good news story.” Cruz responded in stunned disbelief: “When you’re drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story.”
The mayor continued: “Dammit, this is not a good news story. This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a life or death story. This is a ‘truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people’ story. This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water. If I could scream it a lot more louder, it is a not a good news story when people are dying.” You can watch the full interview here:
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz did state that there is some good news in all this: “The good news is that we’re getting heard. The good news is that there’s boots on the ground. The good news is that the people from FEMA have their heart in the right place, and the HHS people know what to do. For heaven’s sake, somebody let them do their job. Let them get food and water in the hands of people.” In other words, Donald Trump’s incompetence and lack of interest are why people aren’t able to do their jobs down there, and why people are dying.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report