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FEMA: “Not our job to deliver water and food” to Puerto Ricans. Think I am making this up? Wrong!

That was the response Rachel got when FEMA was asked why it has been almost 3 weeks since the last hurricane hit Aibonito, a small town high in the mountains about an hour south of San Juan, and FEMA has yet to deliver a single bottle of water.

FEMA claims the roads aren’t passable,   For the record, when I say “about an hour south” I mean Google Maps puts the drive — right now — at 1 hour and 5 minutes if I take the autopista (highway).  BUT it also says there are portions of the road that are closed.  Soooo you have to take route 173 and that takes 1 hour and 24 minutes.  Maybe Google is wrong, right?  It would be nice if someone on the ground could actually make the trip…. oh wait… what’s that?  The MSNBC film crew already made the trip and it took them “about an hour and a half.”

As the MSNBC video shows, they got there no problem because the road was clear. No bridges out, no trees in the way, no mudslides, no raging rivers.  Not even bad hombres. I realize the last menace would be Mexicans and there shouldn’t be any Mexicans clogging up the roads in Puerto Rico right now. But we all know to the Trump Klan, Puerto Ricans are just Island Mexicans, so they probably worry about that sort of thing.

Presented with the fact of Maddow’s team having video evidence directly contradicting their claims,  FEMA then dropped this bombshell: Apparently, FEMA says it is the mayor’s job to distribute food and water. They are just there to help people fill out paperwork….


More US soldiers going to Puerto Rico to help…

The island needs serious help…..

And the military is the only organization that is capable to handle the task….

The United States plans to have 17,000 military personnel in Puerto Rico to aid disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria, a Democratic senator briefed on the plan told reporters on Saturday.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, speaking to news media after a bipartisan Congressional visit to the island, said Brigadier General Jose Reyes, Assistant Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard, told Blumenthal that “there will be 17,000 military personnel,” including 8,600 National Guard troops from 13 U.S. states.

“That’s a tremendous ramp-up,” Blumenthal said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified in Congress on Tuesday that there are “over 10,000 troops” in Puerto Rico.


Trump on the ground in Puerto Rico…A handing out of slights….

Puerto Pico lost Donald Trump’s sympathy the second the Mayor of San Juan said bad things about him…(He did shake her hand upon his arrival in PR)

In a pattern that has been repeated and will continue?

You say something Donald Trump does NOT like (especially a woman) ?

He has no use for you…..

His visit to the island today seems to a excersise in tax, rah, rahing the troops , not those suffering …..Oh, and patting HIMSELF on the back…

In the end though?….He’s gonna have to work to get more done down there….

Image: President Donald Trump arrives at Luis Muniz Air National Guard Base

President Donald Trump landed on Puerto Rico on Tuesday, almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and left many of its 3.4 million residents without power, water or food.

At his first stop, a briefing with federal and local officials, Trump lavishly praised them. He then repeatedly turned to individuals around the table and invited them to offer their own praise — while insisting, “It’s not about me.”

When Puerto Rico’s governor told Trump that 16 people had been reported dead so far, the president lauded officials and compared the storm to “a real catastrophe like Katrina.”

“Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” Trump said. “You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud. Everyone around this table, and everyone watching, can be very proud of what’s taking place in Puerto Rico.”

Trump also appeared to joke about the cost of the storm damage….


…..Trump will have to do more than just sing the praises of his own response to the storm.

“People don’t want to hear ‘Hey, we’re doing great,’ and they don’t want to hear, ‘Hey, we’re doing awful,’” said Tevi Troy, a senior George W. Bush aide who wrote a book, “Shall We Wake the President?”, about White House disaster response. What they want, Troy said, is concrete information about what’s being done to help them and how long it will take to get back to normal.

It’s an added bonus if federal and local elected officials show a united front, Troy added. He pointed to President Barack Obama’s famous visit to New Jersey with Republican Gov. Chris Christie after Superstorm Sandy days before the 2012 presidential election as evidence that such bipartisan accord is possible.

But while Trump had political allies at his side in Texas and Florida — where Govs. Greg Abbott and Rick Scott have been energetic supporters — he’s working alongside Democratic politicians who are for the most part strangers in Puerto Rico….



Trump in San Juan: “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.”

Trump to PR official: “So what’s your death count? Sixteen? You can be very proud, only sixteen instead of thousands in Katrina.”

Trump demands for “more help” from Puerto Ricans while bragging about “what a great job we’ve done”

Trump praises himself for administration’s ‘great job’ in Puerto Rico

image’s…Evan Vucci/AP

Under fire…Trump suspends Jones Act to help Puerto Rico…..

…from Axios….

President Trump has waived the Jones Act, a shipping law that allows only American-owned and operated ships to carry goods and passengers to and from U.S. ports, for Puerto Rico. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made the announcement on Twitter. The act was waived for Texas and Florida after Harvey and Irma to open up ports for resources.

The backdrop: The Trump administration came under fire for initially denying Puerto Rico’s request for a Jones Act waiver. Sen. John McCain tweeted that the refusal was “unacceptable.” On Wednesday, Trump told reporters he was considering a waiver but “a lot of people that work in the shipping industry…don’t want the Jones Act lifted.”