San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and President Trump have had some heated back and forth with regards to the aid Puerto Rico has received from the United States. She accused President Trump's administration of "killing" Puerto Rico's people. She made this spirited speech while standing in front of a pallet of aid that came from the United States mainland.
Check out the speech.
President Trump has responded and accused her of politicizing this natural disaster.
Now there is breaking news that 9,500 containers of aid supplies are sitting at the San Juan port. There are a lack of truck drivers and fuel.
Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts, has the following comment:
…They have the generators, water, food, medicine, and fuel on the ground, yet the supplies are not moving across the island as quickly as they’re needed.
“It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the ports, waiting to have a vehicle to unload into. However, only 20% of the truck drivers show up to work. These are private citizens in Puerto Rico, paid by companies that are contracted by the government”.. (link)
With only 20% of the San Juan teamsters showing up, it's no wonder the supplies aren't getting out. Instead of holding the teamsters accountable, Mayor Cruz is slinging blame at President Trump.