The mayor of San Juan reminds me a lot of a little kid that gripes about if we are there yet on a long car trip.
Now, back to the comparison to tie why I think that the mayor of San Juan is off her head when it comes to timelines. When I move my family across country last year, we had a drive of about eleven hundred miles.
My son, who is about nine years old was going to get justifiably cranky at some point during the trip. So, in the buildup to the move I sat him down and showed him about how long the drive was going to take. I actually gave him a countdown timer when we started so he knew that we were going as fast as he thought we were supposed to be.
The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico has been raising all sorts of hell regarding the Trump administration’s response to the island’s desperation after the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. For weeks now, it has been attack after attack after attack from Carmen Yulin Cruz, no matter what the President does.
With the many weeks of posturing, the media has gotten a hold of the mayor’s incessant messaging and questioned if the Trump administration is doing enough to help the victims of the storm.
Last Tuesday, the President visited Puerto Rico and assisted in handing out relief supplies. Now, he did start throwing out rolls of paper towels as if they were basketballs being shot into a hoop, so it looked a bit sloppy on form, but nonetheless there he was.
On Sunday, she unleashed a tweet storm directed at several high-profile media people in the hopes of getting more attention.
With the constant stream of criticism regarding the response, it was only a matter of time before the FEMA Administrator was asked about the San Juan Mayor. And when he was, he really smacked her down.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Brock Long stated in an interview that he didn’t have time to deal with the mayor, and that his office had enough of her.
“We filtered out the mayor a long time ago, we don’t have time for the political noise.”
“The bottom line is that we are making progress every day in conjunction with the governor.”
Part of the issue down in PR is the fact that the weather is rather volatile. Thunderstorms often come and erase progress already completed, and that work has to be redone. One of the major issues Puerto Rico now needs to face is reconstructing the power grid.
Luckily for the people of Puerto Rico, Elon Musk has offered to assist in rebuilding the power grid using solar technology. Now, the question I have on that issue is how much in taxpayer money is going to be used to subsidize the project, and who will be on the hook if anything fails catastrophically like many solar initiatives have.
For the time being, though, the cleanup remains a long and difficult process. The last thing that is needed here is “The Resistance” trying to score points on the backs of those suffering from the hurricane. The San Juan mayor seems to fall into that category, and FEMA has chosen to just ignore such despicable posturing while important work needs to be done.