Trump Defends Hurricane Maria Response

Sep 30, 2017

The Trump administration has come under fire for its poor reaction to the hurricane in Puerto Rico. Food and emergency supplies have had difficulty in making it to the island. The president blamed the ocean. “This is an island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water. We are closely coordinated with the territorial and local governments which are totally and unfortunately unable to handle this catastrophic crisis on their own.” Puerto Rico’s residents are “without access to food, water, health services, and electricity.” Mayor Carmen Cruz of San Juan said, “We are dying here. And I cannot fathom the though that the greatest nation i the world cannot figure out logistics for a small island . . . .“ The mayor warned that if help did not arrive soon, “what we are going to see is something close to a genocide.” President Trump pointed out the difficulties of providing aid to the island because of its damaged infrastructure and poor communications. On Thursday the president waived the Jones Act for ten days. Under the waiver, it will allow “foreign ships to deliver aid to the island without first traveling to the U.S. to transfer their cargo to an American ship.”