Wearing 'Nasty' shirt, San Juan mayor rips Trump's hurricane response

A Joint Incident Site Communications Capability vehicle is unloaded from an Air Force Reserve Command’s 433rd Airlift Wing C-5M Super Galaxy at Ceiba Puerto Rico Oct. 1 2017. The C-5M flown by Reserve Citizen Airmen from Joint Base San Antoni

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz speaks with a man as she arrives at San Francisco hospital in the Rio Piedras area of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, as about 35 patients are evacuated after the failure of an electrical plant. We're going to have to wipe that out.

There have been a lot of comments lately that paint Puerto Rico's post-hurricane devastation and President Donald Trump's response as "his Katrina". "There are people who do everything for a calculative political motive".

During his visit Tuesday to the storm-ravaged island, Trump said, "They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we're going to have to wipe that out". Over 700,000 Puerto Ricans now live in New York City.

President Trump risked touching a raw nerve in Puerto Rico last night when he joked that the U.S. territory ravaged by a hurricane had "thrown our budget a little out of whack" and suggested that its inhabitants were fortunate not to have suffered a "real catastrophe". Desperate times call for desperate measures, and though the situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, the president is clearly not taking it seriously.

As expected, Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria's destruction has been slow and painful.

Marching in a line of protesters and holding a Puerto Rican flag, Elmhurst resident Danielle DeJesus, 29, scoffed at the president's praise.

Some 12,000 civilian federal workers and a much smaller number of U.S. military personnel were in Puerto Rico to deliver aid and assist with relief efforts, though many criticised Washington for its delayed response to the devastation. DeJesus said. "He cares for no one".

In order to get into the case, the Department of Justice would need permission from the judge overseeing the bankruptcy, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain.

The experience of people like Santiago could drive more individuals and businesses to invest in solar power. That's going to have to be - you know, you can say goodbye to that.

Being a party to the case would simply mean that the US could participate in hearings and file motions supporting or opposing any of the dozens of legal fights that will need to be resolved before Puerto Rico can exit bankruptcy. Only 47 percent of the island's water customers have access to potable water, and 95 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, according to the office of the governor. "16 people certified, 16 people versus in the thousands", he said.

Almost two weeks after the Puerto Rico storm, much of the countryside is still struggling to access such basic necessities as food, fresh water and cash.

"It took him how long to get to Puerto Rico?" said Bree Harris, a 25-year-old chef and Democrat from Los Angeles.

"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort", he added, scoffing at "politically motivated ingrates" who had criticized the federal work, and insisting that "tremendous progress" was being made. That sends a message that we, the Puerto Rican diaspora, have to put pressure on the administration to provide the aid that's needed in a more rapid manner.

During last year's campaign, Trump suggested the USA government could address its own debt problems by renegotiating its bonds and paying less than their face value, remarks that also raised alarms in the markets. More than half the island is still without electricity or potable water, and aid workers are struggling to deliver food and medical supplies to people living outside major population centers. "Water for the people!", Velgara noted that the post-Maria crisis has increase the bonds of solidarity between local resistance groups in New York City. "We are talking about life and death". Solidarity, like Aretha Franklin said: "take it like you give it". "And Puerto Ricans here, and all our organizations, have supported the Palestinians, the Native Americans".


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