FEMA chief throws MAJOR shade on San Juan mayor

As it turns out, FEMA is beginning to feel much the same about San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz as many of the rest of us.

As most are aware, Mayor Cruz has become the symbol of the post-Hurricane Maria relief efforts for the anti-Trump movement desperate to turn the relief effort in that island into “Trump’s Katrina.”

The video of her passionate cry that “people are dying” in Puerto Rico, while standing in front of stacks of water and other supplies, and despite the relatively low death toll providing evidence to the contrary, for example, quickly went viral, and allowed her to be a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC.

This attention has, of course, made her a rising star in politics in a way we haven’t seen from leaders in states like Florida, Texas, and Louisiana who also had to deal with recent hurricanes:

While her criticisms of the relief have been disputed by others, including by the mayor of San Juan neighbor city Guaynabo, Mayor Angel Perez Otero, who waved off Mayor Cruz’s tirades by saying
“There is a lot of politics in Puerto Rico.” – frequent target FEMA has managed to largely bite its tongue.

At least they did until now.

In response to the following Twitter storm from the mayor, FEMA has decided it’s had enough.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday said FEMA has “filtered out” ongoing criticism about the agency’s response to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, calling it “political noise.”

According to the head of the Federal Emergency Agency Brock Long, the mayor’s comments are just “noise.”

Per The Hill:

…Long insisted that the agency is focused on the recovery and said there will be a “greater conversation” with Congress about rebuilding the United States territory.

“As far as the political noise, we filter that out, keep our heads down and continue to make progress and push forward restoring essential functions for Puerto Rico,” he said.

Long also noted that almost 85 percent of FEMA is deployed after the series of hurricanes that have hit the United States, most recently Hurricane Nate, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is moving through the South.

While Mayor Cruz’s frustration at the pace of the recovery is understandable, it is clear that there is a bit of political noise behing her tirades.

After all, if the government is was indeed doing nothing as she complains, then surely there would be more voices saying so besides hers.

[Note: This post was written by dk. Find him online at the African American Conservatives (AACONS) website or AACONS on Twitter and Facebook]

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