Puerto Rican Politics Is Killing Recovery Efforts, FEMA Head Says

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Trolls Trump by Wearing ‘Nasty’ T-Shirt during an interview. Without power, who’s printing up her many custom T-shirts?

One of the largest roadblocks to recovery in Puerto Rico is the deep divide between the island’s politicians, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator William Long.

The division among Puerto Rico’s leaders has led to some officials refusing to work with Gov. Richard Rosselló, primarily because of his political stances.

“What I’ve experienced firsthand is, a successful response relies on unity, okay,” Long said Monday, according to The Washington Post. “To give you an example, when you can’t get elected officials at the local level to come to a joint field office because they disagree with the politics of the governor that’s there, it makes things difficult and the information fragmented.”

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been one of the most vocal Puerto Rican critics of the recovery effort and President Donald Trump. Long has stopped taking comments from Cruz seriously, however, accusing her of pursuing an agenda rather than trying to give constructive feedback.

“We filtered out the mayor a long time ago,” Long told ABC News Sunday. “We don’t have time for the political noise.”

Puerto Rico residents have seen very little of the aid that has been sent to the island, especially in rural areas. Large parts of the island’s communication’s systems are still down, thereby hindering the recovery, WaPo reports.

“Over nearly 85 percent of my entire agency is deployed right now. We’re still working massive issues in [response to hurricanes] Harvey, Irma, as well as the issues in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and now [Hurricane Nate],” Long said. “In regards to resources, of course, we’re strained.”

Because of the severe state of Puerto Rico, FEMA has been forced to act as a first responder when it’s not designed to operate as such.

“A large portion of local workers, as well as state workers, were disaster victims. We had to play a greater first responder role than typically we would on the continental United States,” Long said. “We’re not really designed to do that in many cases, speaking honestly.”

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    G

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    Hurricane disasters, mass shootings… leftists can never resist dancing on bodies for their political cause. This is so reflexive that the victims were not even picked up before they began their tired old diatribes.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    anyway the liberal left can do to destroy Trump and they’ll do it ifs not Global Warming/Climate Change and the mass shooting in Las Vegas then its not having the walrus listed under the ESA liberals will just as soon see america in ruins before their happy

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    Amber

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    Sounds like the Democrat mayor got cut out of a big piece of cake .
    Next T shirt … I Got No Cake

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    JayPee

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    Remember New Orleans
    Incompetence and Criminality are getting in the way of
    rescue and relief efforts
    And they are deliberately in the way to seek
    some sick form of political gain.

    But leftist jerks will always claim this to be the result of
    The myth of global warming and
    Hill-Ree losing the election
    or
    Wait a minute
    Maybe it’s still Bush’s fault !

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Her T-Shirt sure makes me think of the demacratic party especialy liberal demacrats

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