Puerto Rico Hurricane Crisis Worsens: This Could Be Trump's Katrina

"It's been one week since Category 4 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, destroying the entire island's communications infrastructure, power grid, and leaving thousands homeless. The humanitarian crisis in the storm's wake is growing by the hour.

Local officials on the island have been pleading for more help from the Trump administration, with San Juan's mayor calling for layers of red tape to be eliminated in order to better distribute aid to inland areas that have effectively been cut off from the rest of the island.

'This is a big S.O.S for anybody out there,' Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, 'a plea for this help, which is right here, to get moving.'

Cruz said many rescuers on the ground were waiting for orders of where and how to respond."

Andrew Freedman reports for Mashable September 27, 2017.


"White House Weeks Away From Formal Funding Request For Puerto Rico Aid, Sources Say" (Politico)

"Trump Praises Disaster Relief In Puerto Rico, Discounting Complaints" (Reuters)

"Puerto Rico: Island's Devastation Puts Trump In Critics' Crosshairs" (EnergyWire)

"Vital Aid Stranded At Puerto Rico's Main Port" (CNN)

"Weak Leadership Leaves Puerto Rico Aid At Port, Undistributed" (Maddowblog/MSNBC)

"Trump Boasts About 'Amazing' Job He's Doing In Puerto Rico As Territory Pleas For Hurricane Relief" (Mashable)

"3 Storms, 3 Responses: Comparing Harvey, Irma and Maria" (CNN)

"Rubio to White House: Avoid ‘Katrina-Style’ Disaster In Puerto Rico" (Politico)

"FEMA Chief: Feds 'Working Tirelessly Around The Clock' To Aid In Maria Recovery" (The Hill)

"White House Is Restricting Lawmakers From Visiting Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Aides Say" (Washington Post)

Source: Mashable, 09/28/2017