More than a week ago, Hurricane Maria utterly destroyed Puerto Rico. The storm dealt the island the biggest blow in its history, devastating its infrastructure — power is down, food and medical supplies are dwindling, and most citizens don’t even have access to drinking water.
And frustration is running high.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello appeared on The View this week to bring its viewers up-to-date on the disaster relief effort after the hosts of the show had ruthlessly attacked President Donald Trump the day before.
“I wonder if he realizes these are American citizens,” Whoopi Goldberg had told viewers as other members of the crew bashed Trump’s response.
Fortunately, Puerto Rican governor was more fair and balanced — just as he has been on all his appearances this week:
Sara Haines: Earlier, we saw a clip of President Trump saying the White House is doing a great job. How do you think they’re doing in terms of response? Do you think it’s enough?
Gov. Rossello: Well, certainly, here are the two components we need to consider. Number one, the President has been in contact with me almost on a daily basis. He’s aware of the devastation. I thank him for issuing emergency declarations, issuing disaster declarations verbally as the storm was hitting Puerto Rico. He has also given instructions to FEMA and other federal agencies to help Puerto Rico. So that effort is ongoing, and it’s very good. It’s very effective.
The governor pointed out that logistical issues are the reason the aid is slow in getting to the people — many truck drivers and food workers on the island have not reported to work, creating a bottleneck of supplies at the ports. As of Friday, two Navy and nine Coast Guard vessels and six commercial barges laden with supplies were on scene. And 1.4 million meals had been delivered with another 800,000 stage for delivery.
“What we really need are human resources,” the governor said, listing particular areas of pressing need such as transportation, medical safety, food and fuel. The request was in, he told them, and the needed help is “going to be coming to Puerto Rico.”
The hosts of the show must have been stunned to hear the governor’s positivity in the face of the island’s monumental challenges. Then again, he’s living in reality — not in the liberal wonderland of The View and Hillary Clinton, who has also bashed the president.
Puerto Rico, the governor told them, will one day soon be “stronger than ever.”
Americans hope that’s the case — and we admire his tenacity, and that of the Puerto Rican people.
[Note: This article was written by Joe Vidueira]