Just. Wow.— Google "CNN,175,Sue" (@NolteNC) September 27, 2017
CNN Caught Using Fake News to Turn Puerto Rico into Trump's 'Katrina' https://t.co/bgFw3QXuvK
So what is the actual situation on the ground on the island of Puerto Rico? Obviously, there is no small amount of devastation thanks to Hurricane Maria, which did incalculable damage earlier this month. Which brings us to the next question… What has the federal government’s response been to this crisis? More specifically, what has President Trump’s response been?
Well, according to Puerto Rico’s own governor, Ricardo Rosselló, he is quite satisfied and was on PBS less than 48 hours ago praising Trump’s attention and response to the crisis
Puerto Rico's Governor Dismantles Media Attacks on Trump's Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria | Trending https://t.co/62C5OAaXcN— Ed Wrather (@edwrather) September 26, 2017
A FEMA press release detailed some of the relief headed towards Puerto Rico:
- Six commercial barges transported and delivered meals, water, generators, cots, and other commodities to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- An air bridge is established, flying three flights per day to St. Croix, each carrying approximately 33,000 meals.
- The logistics support ship SS Wright arrived carrying more than 1.1 million meals, and nearly one million liters of freshwater.
- Two shipping barges with 1.2 million liters of water, 31 generators, and more than 6,000 cots arrived in St. Thomas.
- Two additional shipping barges loaded with food, water, and emergency relief supplies are en route to the Caribbean Sea from Florida.
- Millions of additional meals are being flown to Puerto Rico from staging areas in Kentucky and Florida.
- The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is transporting a shipment of 124,000 gallons of diesel fuel to Puerto Rico, with arrival in the coming days.
- It may not be obvious to the media, but one of the difficulties in getting supplies to Puerto Rico is that it's an island 1200+ nautical miles from Miami, the closest major U.S. port.
Clearing the ports takes time, and getting supplies for 3.4 million people by plane into devastated airports isn't a real option.
Stars and Stripes reports that the Defense Department has already sent 2,600 personnel to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to assist in recovery....
10k+ federal staff are on the ground in PR/USVI assisting with search & rescue, restoring power, & moving commodities. #Maria [📷: @USArmy] pic.twitter.com/8mbThIzD7T— FEMA (@fema) September 25, 2017
@USCG @fema @RedCross PREMA and #PuertoRico police officers delivered 3,000 meals and 4,500 liters of #water to the emergency operations center in Humacoa, Puerto Rico. (Video available) Read more at https://t.co/O2MyCCotmW pic.twitter.com/qOZdgtnSP7— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) September 27, 2017
Yesterday, NY Task Force 1 helped @PRNationalGuard move water & food to a community in Puerto Rico isolated due to conditions after #Maria. pic.twitter.com/nYrtZsrzNa— FEMA (@fema) September 27, 2017
@USCG TACLET South crewmembers, CGIS Agents and Federal Air Marshal Service agents deliver water to people waiting to board flights at San Juan International Airport yesterday. @DHSgov @fema #Hurricane #Maria https://t.co/z2JQEi8pBQ pic.twitter.com/IODBKHaWWx— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) September 27, 2017
Reinforcements on the way! 51,184 bottles of water and 25,345 meals ready-to-eat delivered by #CBP supporting Hurricane Maria relief efforts pic.twitter.com/hMRCR3sdWW— CBP Florida (@CBPFlorida) September 27, 2017
Recent photos from distribution points–where people in USVI/PR can receive food & water. Info: https://t.co/NwKCXQh1OX #Maria [📷: DVIDS] pic.twitter.com/3AmUqq7GPX— FEMA (@fema) September 27, 2017
Our relief effort for #Harvey, #Irma & #Maria so far = ~13K #RedCross workers, 1M+ shelter stays, 4.5M+ meals & 1.6M+ relief items. pic.twitter.com/Vy2Y3hVNyM— American Red Cross (@RedCross) September 27, 2017
#USACE teams in #PuertoRico are surveying navigable waterways, looking for obstructions that will hinder commerce vessels coming into port pic.twitter.com/ZMu2PpM2gY— USACE HQ (@USACEHQ) September 27, 2017
Army North is proud to be a crucial part of the Total Army effort to help those affected by #HurricaneMaria. pic.twitter.com/5hyMbyYEq6— U.S. Army North (@USArmyNorth) September 27, 2017