Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the Department of Defense’s chief military liaison with FEMA is currently spearheading the relief efforts in Puerto Rico stated that the aftermath of the most recent storm is the “worst” he’s ever seen.
“Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen until the storm actually hits, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” said the Lt. General to PBS. “The people here need help and we’re going to give them all the help that we can.”
“The roads are now clear on the outside of the island, and we’re slowly working our way in,” Buchanan said. “But we obviously need to get all the roads cleared, so we can get supplies to people who desperately need them.”
“The people of Puerto Rico are going to be very resilient and we’re going to need them to be resilient so they can help rebuild this, this commonwealth, and make it what it really should be,” he concluded. “But there is going to be some parts were we are going to have to start from scratch.”
Very recently, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has criticized President Donald Trump and American relief efforts in the storm-ravaged area.
“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,” the President tweeted from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend. “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.”
“You’re going straight to hell, @realDonald Trump. No long lines for you,” tweeted Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent. “Someone will say, ‘Right this way, sir.’ They’ll clear a path.”
“Well, it is frustrating, I expect, to millions of Americans to hear rhetoric coming out from some in Puerto Rico, particularly the mayor of San Juan, instead of focusing on results,” Pence said.