American Elephants


The Destruction From Hurricane Maria Has Been Massive in Puerto Rico by The Elephant's Child

The media has been trying desperately to prove that President Trump is callous and ignoring the needs of the citizens of Puerto Rico in their hour of need, but the facts are quite different.

“FEMA has provided more than 4.4 million meals, 6.5 million liters of water, nearly 300 infant and toddler kits to support 3000 infants for a full week, 70,000 tarps and 15,000 rolls of roof sheeting to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico since Maria’s landfall.” Food and water is being distributed from seven municipal locations in Puerto Rico. There will be more distribution points as areas open up. It’s going to take a long time to put this mess back together.

In Puerto Rico, fuel has been delivered to 19 hospitals for power generators, 200 gas stations have received fuel for distribution to residents. President Trump waived the Jones Act, a obscure regulation from the 20’s involving shipping and tariffs which interfered with getting aid to Puerto Rico. The people of Puerto Rico are American citizens, in case anyone is confused.

I tried to look up the nationalities of the islands of the Caribbean, but it is far too confusing. There’s the U.S., the British, the French, the Dutch, and most of the islands have islets or rocks around them that have names and nationalities, and some are independent, and nothing I found was simple or clear, so you’re on your own. Remember, Puerto Rico is 1200 nautical miles from Miami.


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Yeah, I can’t watch the CNN coverage (my eyes can only roll so much!). Their latest has been that Trump is only acting in response to pressure from the media (principally, CNN). Thing is, FEMA and the administration put a lot of this stuff in motion before the hurricane even hit Puerto Rico; Marines, Red Cross, and FEMA were on the ground pretty much as soon as the storm cleared. I think it’s just disappointing that the media can’t bring itself to report the facts; everything is put through a partisan filter.

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