WASHINGTONâNydia Velazquez, D-N. Y., the first Puerto Rican-born woman elected to Congress, dramatically criticized President Trumpâs handling from the hurricane damage on the island within an interview with Yahoo News upon Friday evening. The congresswoman furthermore suggested the president is dealing with Puerto Ricans differently than additional U. S. citizens because they are Latinos.
Velazquez expressed shock that Trump gave himself âa tenâ on a level of one to ten when Google News asked him to quality his response to the destruction.
âI really donât know how he arrived at ten,â Velazquez said.
Trump gave themself the perfect score when he talked to reporters in the Oval Workplace on Thursday after meeting with Puerto Ricoâs governor Ricardo Rossello.
The congresswoman went on to cite statistics about the current situation on the tropical isle, which is a U. S. territory. Since Friday morning, more than 80 % of the island wasÂ without power, and much more than 30 percent lacked dependable drinking water. The devastation was mainly caused when Hurricane Maria strike the island on Sept. 20. The storm was a Category five, the highest level on the hurricane size.
âThis is a month later. I really think that this president is delusional. Heâs out of touch,â said Velazquez, adding, âI donât know if he doesnât or he is incapable to really understand how disgusting it is â¦ that he seems to be more concerned with self adulation than what is happening on the ground.â
Velazquez, who visited Puerto Rico soon after the storm struck, did not be reluctant when Yahoo News asked exactly what grade sheâd give the presidentâs reaction to the hurricane one a level of one to ten.
âOh, four,â Velazquez said.
Velazquez said she believes the islandâs residents, who are Oughout. S. citizens, would be receiving much better treatment if they were not largely Latinos.
âI think that, in his mind, Puerto Ricans are not American citizens. Or, if they are and he came to that realization, that they are, you know, less deserving of the government being there for fellow citizens,â Velazquez said of Trump.
The White House did not react to a request for comment about Velazquezâs assessment of Trumpâs response to the particular storm damage.
Velazquezâs New York City region has a sizable Puerto Rican populace. She said many of her constituents believe Trump is racist toward Latinos.
âWhat I constantly hear from people around there is just, approaching me on the street and saying that, you know, itâs apparent that thereâs some racism in the treatment of Puerto Ricans and Latinos on the part of the president,â said Velazquez.
During his meeting with Trump on Thurs, Rossello, Puerto Ricoâs governor, dropped to give a numerical grade towards the White Houseâs response. However , he or she repeatedly noted the president offers responded to all of his requests.
âThe president has answered all of our petitions. â¦ This is still ongoing, so we expect that thatâll continue,â Rossello said.
Nevertheless, Velazquez mentioned the White Houseâs response to the particular disaster was clearly inadequate.
âThe issue is not if they answered, the issue is what that answer involved,â Velazquez explained. âThey answered, they responded, they provided, but apparently it was inefficient. It wasnât the full force of the federal government.â
Velazquez has formerly sharply criticized Trump for tweeting that the military and Federal Crisis Management Agency would not be able to stick to the island âforever.â
For her component, Velazquez said she wants to visit a larger contingent from the military as well as the Army Corps of Engineers for the Island.
âWe need boots on the ground to help restore the power grid and still people do not have water,â she said.
Velazquez is currently in her district, yet she plans to return to Puerto Rico next week.
âIt doesnât matter how you want to describe it. This is a humanitarian crisis,â said Velazquez.