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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Trump Lies About Puerto Rico

In Defying the Odds, we discuss state and congressional politics as well as the presidential race.

After Hurricane Maria last year, a number of Puerto Ricans moved to Florida, and their votes may help the Democrats.   Trump seems bent on further alienating them.


From the Democratic gubernatorial nominee:


On July 12, Frances Robles reported at NYT:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s plans for a crisis in Puerto Rico were based on a focused disaster like a tsunami, not a major hurricane devastating the whole island. The agency vastly underestimated how much food and fresh water it would need, and how hard it would be to get additional supplies to the island.
And when the killer storm did come, FEMA’s warehouse in Puerto Rico was nearly empty, its contents rushed to aid the United States Virgin Islands, which were hammered by another storm two weeks before. There was not a single tarpaulin or cot left in stock.
Those and other shortcomings are detailed in a FEMA report assessing the agency’s response to the 2017 storm season, when three major hurricanes slammed the United States in quick succession, leaving FEMA struggling to deliver food and water quickly to storm victims in Puerto Rico.
The after-action report describes an initially chaotic and disorganized relief effort on the island that was plagued with logistical problems and stretched into the longest feeding mission in the agency’s history.