Contrary to the hypercritical assessments from Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and the mainstream media, the governor of Puerto Rico was uncompromising in his praise of President Donald Trump on Thursday, telling reporters that he could not have asked for a better partner in hurricane recovery than the current administration.
After meeting with President Trump at the White House, Gov. Ricardo Rossello told reporters that the U.S. federal government had given Puerto Rico everything he had requested in the weeks since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.
“The facts are that every petition that we’ve made to the president of the United States until this moment, it has been answered,” he said. “The reality is that we still need to do more for the people of Puerto Rico, and that’s why we’re meeting. This is not over, not over by a long shot.”
In comments of his own to reporters, President Trump awarded his hurricane response a “10 out of 10,” and he praised the people of Puerto Rico for their refusal to succumb to tragedy.
“We’ll help you and we’ll all do it together,” he said. “But I will say this: The people of Puerto Rico are amazing, just incredible people, the spirit they have, the strength they have, what they’ve gone through.”
Both Trump and Rossello acknowledged that the recovery effort was still ongoing and would take time. The governor said that 80% of the island’s residents are still without power and another 250,000 people lost their homes in the storm.
Rossello said there were 15,000 people from the Department of Defense, 2,000 from FEMA, and others from HHS helping out with the effort in Puerto Rico.
“The response is there,” he said. “Do we need to do a lot more? Of course we do, and I think everyone over here recognizes there’s a lot of work to be done in Puerto Rico.”
When you look at the facts – not the conjecture, but the facts – there’s no reason to conclude that the Trump administration’s response to this disaster has been anything other than top-notch. Keep in mind that FEMA has been overworked and spread thin over the last two months, responding to major hurricanes in Texas and Florida as well as other natural disasters around the country. That they have been able to provide what can only be termed a historic relief effort in Puerto Rico not only speaks to Trump’s competence, but an overall improvement in the way our government responds to these tragedies. It is a shame to see the left attack this president by using that buffoon in San Juan, but we guess we were fools to expect anything else.