Last week, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and created devastation across the island. The Category 4 hurricane was the first storm of its strength to directly hit the island in over 80 years.
In the aftermath of the hurricane, there was a 100% loss of power across the island. CNN reports that the hurricane could cost Puerto Rico up to $95 billion in damages, and it could take decades to get the island back to where it was before the storm.
Now, a few people in the mainstream media have been questioning President Trump's efforts in Puerto Rico. While the general response to Trump's relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma was positive, they are claiming that he is not doing enough in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
On Tuesday, President Trump defended his administration's relief efforts and said that they are doing everything they can for the island. He said that he has been in constant communication with Puerto Rican Governor, Ricardo Rossello, and that there has been a mutual satisfaction with the progress.
He said, "We are literally unloading water and supplies on an hourly basis, and we're going to be deploying navy ships...As we speak, FEMA, our great first responders, and all available federal resources, including the military, are being marshaled to save lives, protect families and begin a long and very, very difficult restoration process."
Even after President Trump explained their actions going forward and announced that he was scheduling a trip to assess damage, the hosts of "The View" were not convinced. Earlier this week, the hosts began bashing President Trump's initiatives in the island. They made several outlandish statements saying that he was not doing enough.
Whoopi Goldberg said, "I wonder if he realizes these are American citizens."
Later, "The View" interviewed Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello to ask him about the devastation and about the federal aid that they have received. What seemed to be a pointed question to get Rossello to shed a negative light on the president, ended up working in Trump's favor.
Host Sara Haines asked, "Earlier, we saw a clip of President Trump saying the White House is doing a great job. How do you think they're doing in terms of response? Do you think it's enough?"
Governor Rossello had a well-balanced response. He said, "Well, certainly, here are the two components we need to consider. Number one, the President has been in contact with me almost on a daily basis. He’s aware of the devastation. I thank him for issuing emergency declarations, issuing disaster declarations verbally as the storm was hitting Puerto Rico. He has also given instructions to FEMA and other federal agencies to help Puerto Rico. So that effort is ongoing, and it’s very good. It’s very effective."
Rossello went on to acknowledge the difficulty in logistics, and how the island is still in desperate need of human services. He said that he expects to be treated as other states that have faced natural disasters and that he also encourages the federal government to "act quickly."
For the entire interview, watch the video below:
We are thankful for a president who has responded with tact to the recent natural disasters that have faced American citizens.
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