Hurricane Maria devastated and almost completely wiped out Puerto Rico last year, and the fight of getting supplies to the people has raged on ever since. The Puerto Rican Mayor has literally stood in front of supplies provided by the U.S. and stated that Trump isn’t helping at all while wearing freshly printed shirts and hats. The left seems to be so blind that believing her lies while looking at the very supplies she claims to not have is a new level in complete mental illness and ignorance, and they are still chewing on that false piece of fat.
Sadly for the people of Puerto Rico, many of which still don’t have water or power, their liberal officials have taken a stand to resist Trump that is so hateful that the federal government is now refusing to work with them. However, a recent raid type of action by FEMA agents with armed security have found that all of the supplies are there and were in fact being hidden from the citizens. This is far worse than simple political posturing of democratic officials; this is wanton and intentional abuse and neglect of the very people they are sworn to help!
According to The Federalist Papers:
Back in October, we reported that local officials on the island were only distributing relief supplies to their political allies, leaving everyone else without the aid they were promised.
According to FBI Special Agent Carlos Osorio, “People call us and tell us [about] some misappropriation of some goods and supplies by supposedly politicians, not necessarily mayors, but people that work for the mayors in certain towns.”
Osorio further explained, “They’re supposedly withholding these goods and these supplies and instead of handing them out to people who really need them, [there are claims] that [local officials] are assigning them to their buddies first–people that have voted for them or people that contributed to their campaigns or what not.”
That was bad enough, but a recent discovery by FEMA agents shows that the local government has been hoarding relief supplies in a warehouse rather than distributing them as required.
According to The Intercept, FEMA agents entered a public utility warehouse and found a massive store of rebuilding materials. The supplies, bought with taxpayer money, were supposed to be distributed to contractors to aid in the rebuilding process, but they were kept in the warehouse by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Who knows when these supplies arrived on the island.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed the report to The Intercept. Armed FEMA agents toured the facility with PREPA, and immediately started distributing the supplies to contractors.
Asked if the federal officers were armed when they entered the warehouse, USACE spokesperson Luciano Vera said they were indeed accompanied by security detail and quickly began distributing the material after seizing it. Vera declined to say whether there was a confrontation at the entrance, saying only that PREPA officials ultimately toured the warehouse along with the feds.
Utility workers from the mainland U.S. have traveled down to Puerto Rico to aid in rebuilding the island’s infrastructure, but were often unable to complete critical work because of a lack of necessary resources and supplies.
A security contractor who recently returned from Puerto Rico told The Intercept that crews of linemen brought down from the U.S. were frustrated about the lack of rebuilding materials, which made it virtually impossible for them to fix downed infrastructure.
Paraphrasing conversations with the electric crews he accompanied, the source said one worker told him that “we just sat in the truck and watched a movie because we have nothing to do today. … Around Christmas, a lot of the power workers were saying, ‘We’re going on vacation because we couldn’t do our job because PREPA was making it so difficult.’” The source’s job involved escorting contractors tasked with reconstructing downed power lines; he was deployed on the island for over a month by a subcontractor of Cobra Acquisitions LLC, which in the fall received a $200 million contract with PREPA to repair its grid.
“They didn’t have anything to do or to work on,” he said about many of the linemen with whom he worked. “They had had a bunch of poles but no lines, or any of the stuff that goes on the poles. They were just setting bare poles, getting as far as they could go.”
PREPA has been the island’s only electric provider for decades, and in that time it has been rife with corruption and incompetence. The commission that sets rates is largely made up of political appointees and not those who understand electrical power plants. Much of the infrastructure has fallen into disrepair over the years.
Reforms were attempted in 2014, but any progress made was immediately undone by the new governor, who restored the previous power structure that fostered corruption and terrible service.
What’s the moral of the story here? The supplies have been sent to Puerto Rico by FEMA and other agencies, but local officials have been playing games with the relief resources, either hoarding them or likely doling them out solely to political allies.
These actions are illegal and should be dealt with on a legal level. The Puerto Rican officials who are a part of this blatant lie and gross abuse of their people belong behind bars. This is the kind of thing that has killed many, and it is all due to a liberal wanting to be nasty towards our President.
The entire idea that President Trump did nothing to provide all that was needed to the people of Puerto Rico is absurd and frankly dangerous. Children have died. People have starved, dehydration is rampant, and illnesses are popping up daily without the proper supplies. That in and of itself should be counted as murder. The Puerto Rican Mayor is the one with blood on her hands.
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