Hurricane-Struck Puerto Rico Pleads for Help Amid 'Genocide' Conditions

03 October, 2017, 03:32 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • RACINE- A Racine woman who wanted to lay her mother's ashes in Puerto Rico gets caught in Hurricane Maria

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been a visible presence on the ground in the Puerto Rican capital.

Trump has come out with a flurry of boasts in recent days about the positive reviews he said his administration is getting from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for its relief effort.

"There is a crisis in Puerto Rico where food, fuel, water and medicine is sitting at the docks and not getting out to the remote parts of the island", Democratic Sen. The hurricanes crippled the island's already weakened waste and water treatment plants while fallen trees and strewn debris block roads and cellphone service remains limited.

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"They're waiting anxiously and will be very grateful to you and to the American people if you continue to step up to the moral imperative that you've taken on all over the world to help those in need".

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On Saturday, Trump lit into Cruz and others in Puerto Rico who he said had been "told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump" and wanted "everything done for them", even thought he'd acknowledged the catastrophic scale of the destruction just days before.

"She has demonstrated an empathy and commitment to her people that have taken her to work day and night, very quietly at the beginning,"Duprey said".

Mr Trump, who will visit the island on Tuesday, added that Puerto Rico "was totally destroyed" and "10,000 Federal workers now on the island are doing a fantastic job".

Long acknowledged the difficulties, saying, "Every day we have progress".

"I haven't heard what she said", he told reporters.

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In another tweet, he blamed "Fake News CNN and NBC" for going out of their way "to disparage our great First responders. You're a congenital liar", he wrote in response to a third tweet from Trump, adding a link to a donation site for a Latino non-profit. The devastation to Puerto Rico has prompted many celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Colbert, to donate money to help relief efforts. 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.

She left Puerto Rico to study at Boston University and graduated with honors before earning a master's degree in public management and policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who challenged Trump for the GOP presidential nomination past year, said "when people are in the middle of the disaster, you don't start trying to criticize them".

Cruz indicated she was losing patience with the United States government: "We will make it with or without you", Cruz said, as she pointed to a pallet of supplies behind her. Maria was not thought to be a huge hurricane like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, but over the tiny USA territory of Puerto Rico, she has caused more damage that will take time to fix.

Nancy Rivera, 59, a San Juan resident who suffers from diabetes, was forced to go without her medication by a lack of electricity.

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According to the briefings by Duke and Bossert, schools in Puerto Rico are reopening soon, 4 ports are open, 8 airports are open, 67 hospitals are operating, 200 gas stations are open, and one of the main priorities is now to restore electrical power. "But I know talking to their Gov. (Ricardo Rossello) their goal long-term is they want to build their island".

"When the president gets attacked, he attacks back", said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who added that the mayor's comments were "unfair, given what the federal government has done".

He urged Trump "to stop calling names, stop downgrading the motives of people who are calling for help, but roll up his sleeves and get to work".

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