Puerto Ricans are suffering. President Trump plans to ask Congress for an additional $13 billion in aid money, despite the fact that liberals around the country are slamming him.
The island is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Maria. Liberals are complaining about the White House’s response to the disaster in the U.S. territory, but that’s to be expected. It started with President Bush and Hurricane Katrina, and it’s continued ever since. Liberals love blaming natural disasters on conservatives.
“There has been no shortage of Federal aid to Puerto Rico. There are tons of supplies sitting and rotting. There are 10,000 shipping containers in a San Juan port alone,” Front Page Magazine reports.
“The dysfunctional local authorities were having trouble finding the drivers to deliver them. The Governor of Puerto Rico has said that he doesn’t need more supplies. He needs drivers. And, currently, only 20% of the truck drivers are reporting for work.”
It’s not Trump’s fault if the local government is suffering. Puerto Rico is a tiny island that was buried in debt before the disaster hit; their problems weren’t caused by Trump. It’s easy to see why people are upset that desperately needed supplies are going to waste, but it would be a mistake to join the Democrats’ blame game. It’s not Trump’s fault. It’s not even the truck driver’s fault for not showing up to work.
“There should be zero blame on the drivers. They can’t get to work, the infrastructure is destroyed, they can’t get fuel themselves, and they can’t call us for help because there’s no communication. The will of the people of Puerto Rico is off the charts. The truck drivers have families to take care of, many of them have no food or water. They have to take care of their family’s needs before they go off to work, and once they do go, they can’t call home,” Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria told the Huffington Post.
The entire country is struggling. Infrastructure is destroyed. Electricity is scarce. Families don’t have reliable access to clean water and food. The Democrats are correct that the situation is dire, just like they’re correct that U.S. citizens deserve better treatment. What they’re incorrect about is the devastation’s causes.
Puerto Rico obviously wasn’t prepared for the hurricane. According to the Hill: “In some places, bridges have been wiped out, forcing residents in isolated areas to ford rivers in order to reach more populated areas where they can try to get fuel, food and other supplies.”
Trump’s plan to pump an extra $13 billion into relief efforts will work. Puerto Rico can’t handle the crisis on its own, the island needs military help.
“The aid is getting to Puerto Rico. The problem is distribution. The federal government has sent us a lot of help; moving those supplies, in particular, fuel, is the issue right now,” Col. Valle said.
“It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the ports, waiting to have a vehicle to unload into. However, only 20% of the truck drivers show up to work. These are private citizens in Puerto Rico, paid by companies that are contracted by the government.”
If something isn’t done soon, more people will suffer. Congress needs to act fast. When Trump introduces the new measure for expanded aid, it will be the duty of both Democrats and Republicans to approve it.
“I have family here. My parents’ home is here. My uncles, aunts, cousins, are all here. As a Puerto Rican, I can tell you that the problem has nothing to do with the U.S. military, FEMA, or the DoD,” Col. Valle said.
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