Lin-Manuel Miranda's Father Defends the People of Puerto Rico
Oct 03 2017
"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", she said at a Friday news conference. It's really scary, the world that we're living in now. Thank you to the Governor of P.R. and to all of those who ware working so closely with our First Responders.
She added: "Maybe he is used to women who have to be told what to do".
The White House has defended its response to the crisis, while some officials in Puerto Rico say the situation is turning into a humanitarian disaster.
Eleven days after the devastating storm wiped out power, water and communications systems, about half of the 3.4 million people on the island do not have access to drinking water, and 95 percent remain without power, according to the US Defense Department.
On September 29, the USA government received criticism from the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, who pointed out that the federal relief effort provided after the natural disasters would be useless if the logistics issue was not solved.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long drew widespread mockery online for calling the Maria relief efforts "the most logistically challenging event the United States has ever seen".
Omar Villafranca is also in San Juan, with more on the recovery efforts.
Trump added that due to incompetence, the U.S. had to send 10,000 federal workers to the devastated region.
The US president lashed out on Twitter at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital over what he implied was insufficient gratitude for federal help in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Cruz's comments on Friday were in response to a senior US official calling the disaster response in Puerto Rico "a good news story".
Trump is scheduled to make his first visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, almost two weeks after the hurricane hit the island.
The governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló, has called Hurricane Maria the "greatest catastrophe" in the island's modern history.
The Broadway star, whose parents moved to NY from Puerto Rico, said he is working on a new song to raise for disaster relief.
His administration has tried in recent days to combat the perception that he failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria's destruction and has given the U.S. commonwealth territory less attention than what he bestowed on states hit by Harvey and Irma. Of the latter, he noted in that USA territory "people working hard".
Appearing on television on Sunday, Cruz explained that "there's only one goal, and it's saving lives", adding that all she did "was ask for help".