Nydia Velazquez on Trump’s Puerto Vasto hurricane response

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Nydia Velazquez on Trump's Puerto Rico hurricane response

WASHINGTON—Nydia Velazquez, D-N. Y., the first Puerto Rican-born woman elected to Congress, dramatically criticized President Trump’s 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 “a ten” on a level of one to ten when Google News asked him to quality his response to the destruction.

“I really don’t know how he arrived at ten,” Velazquez said.

Trump gave themself the perfect score when he talked to reporters in the Oval Workplace on Thursday after meeting with Puerto Rico’s 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 was 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.

“This is a month later. I really think that this president is delusional. He’s out of touch,” said Velazquez, adding, “I don’t know if he doesn’t or he is incapable to really understand how disgusting it is … that he seems to be more concerned with self adulation than what is happening on the ground.”

Velazquez, who visited Puerto Rico soon after the storm struck, did not be reluctant when Yahoo News asked exactly what grade she’d give the president’s reaction to the hurricane one a level of one to ten.

“Oh, four,” Velazquez said.

Velazquez said she believes the island’s residents, who are Oughout. S. citizens, would be receiving much better treatment if they were not largely Latinos.

“I 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,” Velazquez said of Trump.

The White House did not react to a request for comment about Velazquez’s assessment of Trump’s response to the particular storm damage.

Velazquez’s New York City region has a sizable Puerto Rican populace. She said many of her constituents believe Trump is racist toward Latinos.

“What I constantly hear from people around there is just, approaching me on the street and saying that, you know, it’s apparent that there’s some racism in the treatment of Puerto Ricans and Latinos on the part of the president,” said Velazquez.

During his meeting with Trump on Thurs, Rossello, Puerto Rico’s governor, dropped to give a numerical grade towards the White House’s response. However , he or she repeatedly noted the president offers responded to all of his requests.

“The president has answered all of our petitions. … This is still ongoing, so we expect that that’ll continue,” Rossello said.

Nevertheless, Velazquez mentioned the White House’s response to the particular disaster was clearly inadequate.

“The issue is not if they answered, the issue is what that answer involved,” Velazquez explained. “They answered, they responded, they provided, but apparently it was inefficient. It wasn’t the full force of the federal government.”

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 “forever.”

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.

“We need boots on the ground to help restore the power grid and still people do not have water,” she said.

Velazquez is currently in her district, yet she plans to return to Puerto Rico next week.

“It doesn’t matter how you want to describe it. This is a humanitarian crisis,” said Velazquez.

 

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