Over the past few months, the United States has been hit by a number of devastating hurricanes. The federal government’s response to the hurricanes which hit Florida and Texas was fairly standard, and few people criticized the way the government handled those situations. However, Hurricane Maria has devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and the federal government’s response has been woefully slow. One of the cities that is in particular need of aid is San Juan.
The city’s mayor Carmen Cruz recently spoke out regarding the dire situation that Puerto Rico is in and warned that the loss of life could be devastating comparing it to genocide.
‘We are dying here. And I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long.
So I am asking the president of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives. If anybody is out there is listening to us, we are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.’
Cruz has been one of the most vocal critics of the Trump administration’s handling of the hurricane and has minced no words in her criticisms of the administration. During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, she wore a shirt which read “Help Us, We Are Dying.” The shirt was likely a reference to her comments that she was done waiting on the federal government’s help and would instead request aid from people around the world.
Regarding Trump, one of the main flaws in his policy toward Puerto Rico was his reluctance to waive the Jones Act which forbids foreign ships from bringing supplies into Puerto Rico. Trump wasted no time in waiving the act for Florida and Texas, but he initially refused to do so for Puerto Rico. Eventually, pressure from the media, members of Congress, and the general public forced Trump to grant Puerto Rico an exemption to the law.
Despite the waiver of the Jones Act, the island is still in desperate need of aid as millions are without power, food, and other necessities.
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