Only a mentally ill, dysfunctional, immoral person could seek “revenge” in response to a Mayor’s pleas for help because the people of her city were dying! Even if you disagree with her point of view, or felt she was over-reacting, “revenge” is not an emotion that would normally be considered by any Christian, right-minded person. Revenge is something an evil, vindictive person might seek as a result of a perceived criticism. Yet REVENGE was the word Sarah used. Palin and Trump are now attacking Mayor Cruz for her pleas for help.! This is Sarah’s tweet:
“The left-wing mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, used hurricane recovery efforts as a platform to call President Trump names and make political points with liberals, but in a recent press conference the president got his revenge in the best possible way and did so right to her ignorant face.”
Trump finally took time away from his busy golf schedule to visit hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico. He made a token appearance to tour of the damage and to help in any way he could with the relief efforts. It seems the best idea he had for helping was to toss paper towels to the crowd.
“But as he gathered for a press conference with some of the prominent politicians of the island he was able to get sweet revenge against Mayor Caren Yulin Cruz who brazenly politicized the hurricane.
Amusingly, as Trump sat at a table before the cameras with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló and San Juan’s Cruz, Trump wildly praised the gov. and 100% ignored Mayor Cruz even as she sat right next to him, Daily Caller noted.
Here is some more video of Trump’s slam of Cruz:
As Palin and Trump seek revenge, as Puerto Rico is dealing with a multitude of overwhelming problems:
- Hurricane Maria is a catastrophe worsened by the long-term debt crisis that led it to declare a form of bankruptcy this year. The commonwealth’s government for decades has been plagued by budget deficits and borrowed $74 billion in a spree enabled by a yield-hungry Wall Street. After Trump suggested that the debt must be erased Puerto Rico bonds plunged to 12 cents on the dollar.“We are going to work something out” on Puerto Rico’s debt, Trump said.“We have to look at their whole debt structure,” Trump said. “They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re going to have to wipe that out. That’s going to have to be — you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that.”On Wednesday morning, a member of Trump’s cabinet tempered Trump’s comments in a Fox News interview after the president surveyed damage on the island. The New York Times reported yesterday:
“The Trump administration on Wednesday walked back the president’s apparent vow to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt, suggesting that the island would have to solve its own fiscal woes despite the catastrophic damage it has endured from two powerful hurricanes.”
2. The Red Cross reports that it has collected $350 million in donations and pledges so far to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, which slammed Houston and environs. It has received $45 million for Irma victims, and $9 million for Maria.
3. Catholic Charities reports that it has distributed $2 million to its agencies in Texas, $2.4 million in Florida $10,000 in Louisiana and $1.2 million to Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands.
4. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation statistics indicate that so far corporations have donated $270.8 million for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts in cash and in-kind donations, while the Maria tally currently stands at $32.4 million.
5. Two weeks after Hurricane Maria toppled Puerto Rico’s communications towers, wrecked its electrical grid and knocked out power to water systems, medical officials said the island’s health system is “on life support.”
-Patients are dying because of complications related to the primitive conditions and difficult transportation issues.
-A lack of transportation in small towns makes it difficult to transfer patients to larger hospitals.
-An administrator in a small-town hospital has to drive her car to an ambulance company a mile away to ask for a patient to be transferred to a larger hospital.
-Doctors are afraid to discharge patients after surgery to places with unsanitary conditions and where care and transportation may not exist, adding strain to an already strained system.
6. The island’s cellular system is still crippled, with 14% of antennas and 26% of cellular towers operating.
Trump appointed Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan to head up the relief efforts. However Buchanan didn’t even arrive in Puerto Rico until eight days after the hurricane. By that time at least 34 people had died. At that time only 4100 U.S. troops had reached Puerto Rico. Since Buchanan arrived that number has more than doubled to 9000. Buchanan has indicated that at least at least a “couple thousand” more troops will deploy from the U.S. mainland.
The Defense Department had 25 helicopters in Puerto Rico last week, and 44 as of Tuesday, Buchanan said. By the end of the week, there will be more than 70, he said.
Since the storm made landfall on September 20, Hurricane Maria has wreaked havoc on the island, causing a level of widespread destruction and disorganization paralleled by few storms in American history. Almost two weeks after the storm abated, most of the island’s residents still lack access to electricity and clean water.
After a magnitude-7 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, President Obama ordered a massive military and civilian response. As The Washington Post describes: Eight thousand troops were bound for the island within two days; 22,000 troops and 33 ships had arrived within two weeks. And five days after the quake struck, former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton joined Obama at the White House to announce the Haiti Fund, a multimillion-dollar philanthropic appeal for the foreign country.
By comparison, only about 7,200 military personnel have made it to Puerto Rico two weeks after landfall.
The National Weather Service first warned that Maria could strike the island as a “dangerous major hurricane” more than three weeks ago.
Likewise, the first public call to mobilize the USNS Comfort, the only U.S. Navy hospital ship on the East Coast, came from Hillary Clinton on Sunday, September 24, four days after landfall.
The Comfort was not deployed until Tuesday, September 26, six days after landfall; did not leave port until Thursday, September 28, more than a week after landfall; and did not reach Puerto Rico until Tuesday, October 3, 11 days after Maria hit the island.
The Atlantic has put together a time line that illustrates Trump’s unforgivable failure to respond in a timely fashion:
One Day before landfall:
In a press release, the Pentagon outlines how it’s preparing for the storm. About 500 National Guard members are being called up in Puerto Rico, and 820 will be stationed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Air National Guard will keep two Black Hawk helicopters and three C-130 transport planes in the area to assist with immediate response.
Wednesday, September 20—Landfall
Hurricane Maria makes landfall.
The National Weather Service observes maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, making Maria the first Category 4 cyclone to hit the island since 1932. The storm is almost Category 5, defined as any tropical storm with winds 157 miles per hour or higher.
Parts of Puerto Rico see 30 inches of rain in one day, equal to the amount that Houston received over three days during Hurricane Harvey. The winds cause “tornado-like” damage over a swath of the island. They’re strong enough to destroy the National Weather Service’s observing sensors in the territory, forcing meteorologists to measure the storm entirely by satellite.
One day after landfall
Ricardo Ramos, the chief executive of Puerto Rico’s public power utility, tells CNN that its entire electrical infrastructure has been “destroyed.”
President Trump issues a state of emergency for Puerto Rico. He calls local officials on the island and pledges to help, The Washington Post reports. That night, he travels to his golf club in New Jersey for the weekend.
Two days after landfall
Trump holds a political rally in Alabama to promote Luther Strange, a candidate in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The president says that NFL owners should fire players who protest on the field, which dominates headlines that weekend. He does not mention Puerto Rico during this speech. He returns to New Jersey that night.
Sunday, September 24—Four days after landfall
Vice President Mike Pence talks on the phone with Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s non-voting representative in the House of Representatives. It is the only reported communication between a Puerto Rican leader and the president or vice president during the weekend.
In a tweet, Hillary Clinton calls on the president and Defense Secretary James Mattis to send the U.S. Navy, including the hospital ship USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico immediately. “These are American citizens,” she says.
Monday, September 25—Five days after landfall
The first Trump administration officials visit Puerto Rico to survey the damage. They include Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency-Management Agency, and Tom Bossert, a homeland-security adviser. They return to Washington that night.
“We need to prevent a humanitarian crisis occurring in America. Puerto Rico is part of the United States. We need to take swift action,” Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló tells CNN.
Tuesday, September 26—Six days after landfall
Forty-four percent of Puerto Rico’s population, or 1.53 million people, still lack access to drinking water, the Pentagon says. Power remains out across most of the island.
Only fifteen percent of the island’s 69 hospitals are open. Eight airports and eight seaports are open across Puerto Rico, though some are only operating during the day.
Trump holds his first coordinating meeting in the Situation Room about the response in Puerto Rico, according to a Washington Post report. He talks to Governor Rosselló again, and talks to Congresswoman González-Colón for the first time.
Eight days later
Seventy percent of Puerto Rico’s hospitals are still not functioning, the Herald also reports. Official death tolls do not account for patients who have already died from not receiving dialysis or oxygen.
More than 10,000 shipping containers full of food and supplies lay stranded in the Port of San Juan, reports CNN. They can’t be shipped to the island’s interior due to a lack of fuel, labor, and working roads. Governor Roselló says that only about 20 percent of Puerto Rico’s truckers have been able to work.
Speaking at the White House, acting DHS secretary Elaine Duke tells reporters she is “very satisfied” with the Puerto Rico response.
The Department of Defense charges Jeffrey Buchanan, a three-star general with the U.S. Army, with leading the U.S. military’s response in Puerto Rico. He arrives on the island the same day. The military estimates 160 million meals will be needed over the next 30 days.
“It didn’t require a three-star general eight days ago,” says Bossert, Trump’s homeland-security adviser, explaining why no military leader had been appointed before.
The USNS Comfort finally departs(four days after Clinton asked for it to be deployed, and over a week after the hurricane hit) its base in Norfolk, Virginia. CNN reports that the hospital ship is expected to arrive “in the middle of next week.”
It was NINE DAYS, MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER THE HURRICANE, that Mayor Cruz made her plea for help:
Saturday, September 30—10 days after landfall
Fifty-five percent of Puerto Rico, or about 1.87 million people, still don’t have clean drinking water, the Pentagon says. This is an increase from numbers provided earlier in the week, meaning that either 300,000 people lost clean water through the week or initial estimates were off.
The Pentagon also says that about half of grocery and big-box stores have re-opened across the territory, as have about 851 gas stations.
President Trump grabs onto Mayor Cruz’s criticism from the day before. He tweets about the politics of Puerto Rico more than half a dozen times, criticizing her and accusing the press of attacking first responders and the military.
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” he writes. “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”
“I believe there are more dead, but I don’t have reports telling me, [for example], eight died in Mayagüez because they lacked oxygen, that four died in San Pablo because they did not receive dialysis,” he says.
Tuesday, October 3—13 days after landfall
President Trump finally visits Puerto Rico for the first time since Maria made landfall. That was almost two full weeks! During the visit, he tosses relief supplies, including paper towels and toilet paper, into a crowd of onlookers.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” he says at a news conference with the territory’s leaders. “That’s fine. We saved a lot of lives.”
He also compares Maria favorably to Hurricane Katrina. “Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here and what is your death count? Sixteen people, versus in the thousands,” he says. “You can be very proud.” The comment is factually incorrect in several ways, as my colleague David Graham notes.
After his visit, Governor Roselló issues the first update to the island’s official death toll in six days. Hurricane Maria killed 34 people in Puerto Rico, that he knows of…so far.
For Sarah Palin and Donald Trump to seek REVENGE against any official in Puerto Rico after this catastrophic hurricane is an act of savagery. Their words are revolting. The motivations are evil.