President Donald Trump Brings Large Team to Puerto Rico, Issues Statements on Hurricane Maria

President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico todayto see first-hand the island’s humanitarian crisis. A number of top officials joined the president for Tuesday’s trip, including Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Small Business administrator Linda McMahon, Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert, budget director Mick Mulvaney, and Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly.

The President, throughout the day, made a number of statements:

“And I was going to be here a week ago, if you remember, and that was the day of the hurricane. That was the day of the second hurricane.”

“The first thing is that before we were hit by Maria, we were hit by Hurricane Irma. And during that time, before the hurricane, here was FEMA, acting together with a lot of employees. More than 4,000 people were here in the islands from the different… …from the different branches of the military — HHS, Navy, the Army, FEMA, and all the staff — working together before the hurricane hit. They were here before, during, after the first hurricane, and they continued to stay on the island, boots on the ground, during Maria; same thing.”

“And we are in the path of the hurricane, so we are used to receiving hurricanes, but never before a Category 5. Amount of devastation — it’s unheard of.”

“I also want to thank your congresswoman. … Congresswoman Jenniffer González Colón, who I have watched the other day and she was saying such nice things about all of the people that worked so hard. Jennifer, do you think you can say a little bit about what you said about us today? It’s not about me; it is about the incredible people from the military to FEMA to first responders.”

“The whole team has been amazing. Your governor, has been — who I didn’t know and heard very good things about him. He is not even from my party and he started right at the beginning appreciating what we did. … Right from the beginning this governor did not play politics.”

““I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine. We saved a lot of lives.”

“Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died and you look at what at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering … 16 versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud. Everyone around this table and everyone watching can really be very proud of what’s taking place in Puerto Rico.”

The President went on to visit several areas around Puerto Rico that were affected by the Hurricane and interacted with some Puerto Ricans.

5 Comments

Oliver

Although she is not a member of The New Progressive Party, I still think that Elaine Duke was very rude to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yuli’n. Trump was still rude to the PR people for saying that they were lazy and that they wanted the federal government to do everything for them.

Right now the biggest !@#$% is Geraldo Rivera, saying that he hasn’t seen any PR’s dying. Since he said that the death toll has climbed to 34. You very seldom see dying on the streets of San Juan. You see it in hospitals, nursing homes, and in private residences, where Rivera would not be welcomed. If al Norteamericanos judged PR’s by Rivera, he would certainly set back the statehood movement!

Oliver

Right now the biggest !@#$% is Geraldo Rivera, saying that he hasn’t seen any PR’s dying. Since he said that the death toll has climbed to 34. You very seldom see dying on the streets of San Juan. You see it in hospitals, nursing homes, and in private residences, where Rivera would not be welcomed. If al Norteamericanos judged PR’s by Rivera, he would certainly set back the statehood movement!

SgtMaj

I ran across Geraldo Rivera at the courtyard hotel in San Juan PR sitting at the bar in conference on the phone. No doubt that he was reporting from his phone about the metropolitan area in how devastating San Juan was. But there is no other doubt that he never left The area of San Juan to report how really devastating was the rest of the island. Such as la area oeste which was left in the dark by all politicians, all the empressArios etc. with no communication no electricity no water, areas like joyuda completely destroy, puerto real Cabo Rojo, Mayaguez areas, las Maria’s el secto urbano completo there is where he should of been reporting from and see the suffering and listening to the cries of the bulk of the people. We had one amisora 1 radio station covering the area oeste taking phone calls in helping the people trying to find there relative via radio communication announcement and trying to keep the people spirit high and in tune but with no information to supply to the people from the government and the rest of the politician. The entire west side of the island was left in the dark and there is where Geraldo zrivera should of been reporting and watch the people in the hospital facing near dealt because of the lack of efficiency of electricity to run the medical equipment in the hospital like respiratory machines. To say that Maria didn’t kill that many people then what did. To make it simple as a retire marine. If I want to overcome the enemy and kill them I dispose of all communication, of all supply and all the reserve from food, water, shelter, fuel etc, well that is what Hurricane Maria did to PR and the rest of the carribean effected by the hurricane. Shame on u Geraldo

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