San Juan mayor hits behind during Elaine Duke: ‘This is not a good-news story. This is a people-are-dying story.’


09/29/2017 09:14 AM EDT

Updated 09/29/2017 02:57 PM EDT


The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, lashed out during behaving Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke’s criticism that a Hurricane Maria service efforts are a “good-news story,” saying, that in reality, it’s a “people-are-dying story.”

Speaking outward a White House on Thursday, Duke pronounced she is “very satisfied” with efforts to assist Puerto Rico in a arise of Maria, that ravaged a island and has combined a charitable crisis. Duke said, “It is unequivocally a good-news story,” an comment that stirred San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz’s clever rebuttal.

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“Well, maybe from where she’s standing, it’s a good-news story. When you’re celebration from a creek, it’s not a good-news story. When we don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good-news story,” Cruz told CNN’s “New Day,” referring to a predicament of Puerto Ricans, many of whom have perceived small or no assist so far. “When we have to lift people down from their buildings — I’m sorry, though that unequivocally upsets me and frustrates me. You know, we would ask her to come down here and revisit a towns, and afterwards make a matter like that, that frankly, it is an insane statement.

“Damn it, this is not a good-news story. This is a people-are-dying story. This is a life-or-death story. This is a ‘there’s-a-truck-load-of-stuff-that-cannot-be-taken-to-people story.’ This is a story of a extinction that continues to wear since people are not removing food and water,” she continued. “It is not a good-news story when people are dying, when they don’t have dialysis, when their generators aren’t operative and their oxygen isn’t providing for them. Where is there good news here? … I’m unequivocally sorry, though we know when we have people out there dying, literally, scraping for food, where is a good news?”

Duke, during a press discussion Friday in San Juan, sought to explain her Thursday remarks though directly addressing her “good news” assessment.

“I was asked if we was happy and confident with a recovery. we am unapproachable of a work that’s being done.I am unapproachable of Americans assisting Americans, friends and strangers alike,” she said, acknowledging that a existence on a belligerent in Puerto Rico “is not satisfactory.”

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Cruz pronounced progressing on Friday that a emanate has not been a miss of reserve though an inability to understanding with a logistics of distributing assist on an island that is still mostly though energy and provision it to Puerto Rico’s some-more farming areas. The mayor pronounced San Juan had perceived 3 pallets of H2O — somewhat some-more than 4,000 bottles for a race of roughly 350,000 people — as good as 4 pallets of food and 12 pallets of baby food and supplies.

The conditions in other tools of a island are even some-more dire, Cruz said, relaying her communication with another Puerto Rican mayor, who pronounced his residents had no food, no medicine, had not nonetheless perceived any assist and were celebration from a same rivulet they were regulating to rinse themselves and their clothes. Nursing homes contingency be a priority, she said, since they “are apropos only tellurian cages for people that are ill and incompetent to deflect for themselves.”

Cruz was transparent that she stays elegant of a sovereign supervision teams that have arrived on a island to assistance though that those teams have so distant been deficient to overcome a logistical hurdles presented by a island.

Despite what Cruz relayed as a realities on a belligerent in Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump has praised a work of his administration in responding to a needs of a ravaged island, essay on Twitter Friday morning that “Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello only stated: ‘The Administration and a President, each time we’ve spoken, they’ve delivered.’” Cruz, too, pronounced she had been in hit with a White House, though finished a personal interest to Trump to do more.

“I know a FEMA people are operative tough and they’re doing their best, so this is a summary for President Trump, conclude we for job San Juan yesterday and listening for a mayday call,” a mayor said. “But sir, there’s 77 other towns that are waiting. They’re watchful anxiously and will be really beholden to we and to a American people if we continue to step adult to a dignified needed that you’ve taken on all over a universe to assistance those in need. So assistance us.”

“Again, Mr. Trump, we conclude all we are doing and we know it can be finished faster,” she combined only before her talk ended. “Help us save lives. We will be perpetually grateful.”

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