San Juan Mayor: This Is A ‘People Are Dying’ Story

Tensions over a Trump administration’s doing of a liberation bid on hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico boiled over Friday as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said, “People are failing here,” and called on President Trump to put someone in assign of a service bid who “is adult to a assign of saving lives.”

Cruz’ comments came after Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke told reporters during a White House Thursday that a administration’s response so distant “is a good-news story in terms of a ability to strech people.” She also pronounced a genocide fee had been low for a assign a distance of Hurricane Maria.

“She pronounced that?” asked an dubious Cruz during an talk with CNN.

“Maybe from where she’s station it’s a good news story. When you’re celebration from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When we don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story. … I’m contemptible though that unequivocally upsets me and frustrates me,” pronounced Cruz.

“Dammit, this is not a good-news story. This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a life or genocide story,” she added.

At a news discussion on Friday, Cruz said, “I am finished being polite. we am finished being politically correct. we am insane as hell.”

“If we don’t get a food and a H2O into people’s hands what we are going to see is something tighten to a genocide,” she said.

The Navy’s sanatorium boat Comfort departs from Norfolk, Va., to support whirly service efforts in Puerto Rico.

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The Navy’s sanatorium boat Comfort departs from Norfolk, Va., to support whirly service efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico, home to some-more than 3 million U.S. citizens, has had singular food, bottled H2O and medical reserve given Hurricane Maria struck 9 days ago. Few buildings have generator-supplied electricity, that is contingent on wanting fuel.

As NPR’s Greg Allen and Marisa Penaloza have reported, many hospitals are still close down. Those that are open are handling on only puncture generator energy and can offer really singular services. Some communities are still flooded in parts. The placement of most indispensable diesel fuel is hampered by a miss of lorry drivers.

So distant during slightest 16 have died, according to The Associated Press.

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Perhaps in response to Cruz’ desirous retort, Secretary Duke followed a debate of a island with a news discussion Friday and said, “Despite operative together, we know that a people of Puerto Rico and a U.S. Virgin Islands are suffering.”

“The President and we will not be entirely satisfied, however, until each Puerto Rican is behind home, a energy is behind on, purify H2O is entirely available, schools and hospitals are entirely open, and a Puerto Rican economy is working,” pronounced Duke.

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In remarks to a National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, Trump also shielded his administration’s response to a predicament in Puerto Rico.

“Ultimately a supervision of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to establish how this large rebuilding bid — it will finish adult being one of a biggest ever — will be saved and organized, and what we will do with a extensive volume of existent debt already on a island,” pronounced Trump.

“We will not rest, however, until a people of Puerto Rico are safe,” he added.

Trump, in a twitter progressing this week, initial related a responsibility of a liberation bid with Puerto Rico’s inability to repay some-more than $70 billion in debt due to Wall Street.

Still, Cruz, in her CNN appearance, left small doubt that she is looking to a White House for help.

“Mr. Trump, we desire we to take assign and save lives,” she said.