If I were a vicious anti-Trump derangement nut and global warming extremist terrified of Trump and his policies (as is Jennifer Lawrence and others) I'd be blaming the destructive intensity of Hurricane Maria squarely on him for the following reasons 1. Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord to phase out the use of fossil fuels; 2. Rolling back Obama era EPA regulations on coal production and cutting CO2 emissions; and 3. Vigorously advancing toward his goal of making America energy independent and turning it into a fossil fuel hyperpower - NUMBER ONE in all areas of "dirty" energy production to supercharge the US economy.
If I were a Trump hating psycho I'd say that his pro-fossil fuel agenda isn't fooling nature; and that the increase in US CO2 emissions, and coal, oil and gas production since he took office, has had an effect on the weather and contributed to this hurricane season; that it's disrupted and effected the stability and delicate balance of the climate just enough to trigger the ferocity of this year's hurricane activity - making Harvey, Irma and especially Maria more intense and deadly than they would have been had Hillary won the election, or Obama (the man who lowered the rising seas) continued in office.  
Never mind that in 2015 when 195 mostly hypocritical nations signed the Paris Climate Accord (called a "fraud" by former NASA's James Hansen) mankind's consumption of fossil fuels hit an all time record (see); and that 2016 was most likely another record-setting year (the data isn't available yet) as third world "dirty industrialization" (China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, etc.) unstoppably moves huffing and puffing ahead gigantically increasing atmospheric CO2 emissions (see).
   In other words, if there's a link between human CO2 and Harvey, Irma and Maria (for which there is no evidence) Trump can't be blamed for it as he's a new comer on a world stage; where human industrial carbon output (despite Obama's and the EU's efforts to cut it) are rising with world demand, and the millions of indigent human beings needing the wealth created by fossil fuels to lift them out of poverty.
Now if the nutters aren't directly blaming Trump's climate policies for Harvey, Irama and especially Maria (which has devastated Puerto Rico) then it's his HEART that's the problem. With President Trump's approval rating rising in every poll because of his "leadership and compassion" in handling the disasters caused by Harvey and Irma on the mainland CNN this morning tried to rain on Trump's parade and show that in his response to Maria ravaged Puerto Rico he has been an unfeeling, cruel, heartless bastard and that this disaster is his Katrina thrice over.
Indeed, Chris Cuomo after hearing the hysterical unhinged rants of San Juan's incompetent mayor to the Trump administration on how desperate things are in her city concluded that Trump's response has been terribly short of what it should and could be; and that the problem is his heartlessness and lack of compassion and empathy; that he's not feeling the pain and suffering of Puerto Ricans enough; and that he needs to have his "heart broken" and humanized. Meaning what? That he had heart for the people of Texas and Florida where he's been roundly praised for his response to Harvey and Irma? But he's completely unfeeling toward Puerto Ricans, and that it's a racial thing - evidence that he's bigoted against Hispanics and couldn't care if they live or die?
But Puerto Rico's progressive Democratic governor begs to differ. Contrary to CNN and the brain broken Trump hate media, Governor Ricardo Rossello gives President Trump high marks for his "quick," proactive massive response to Maria. "The Trump Administration," said Rossello, " has given me everything I asked for; and has done everything POSSIBLE to help Puerto Rico." Indeed, the governor has said that Trump has pushed FEMA to its limits of what it can POSSIBLY do just now given the distribution problems caused by the storm; and that the ball now is in Congresses court "to come up with an aid and recovery package" for the island. In other words, Trump's response to Maria has been as competent and praiseworthy as was his response to Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida. Unlike anti-Trump derangement nuts Rossello refuses to play politics with this disaster and fault the President for not doing the IMPOSSIBLE and make Maria look like Trump's Katrina. No. Maria isn't Trump's Katrina; it's the third in a series of bright shinning moments - signs of a great presidency in the making on its way to a second  term.
 In an interview with PBS Newshour this eveningRosselló thanked the Trump administration for their prompt response:
JOHN YANG: Governor, are you getting all the aid you need or getting it fast enough from the states?
GOV. RICARDO ROSSELLO: First of all, we are very grateful for the administration. They have responded quickly.
The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government.
We have been working together. We have been getting results. The magnitude of this catastrophe is enormous. This is going to take a lot of help, a lot of collaboration. So,  my call is to congressmen and congresswomen to take action quickly and conclusively with an aid package for Puerto Rico.
We are in the midst of potentially having a humanitarian crisis here in Puerto Rico which would translate to a humanitarian crisis in the United States. So, I call upon Congress to take action immediately. You know, Puerto Ricans are proud U.S. citizens.
On Saturday, the Associated Press reported:
Rossello and other officials praised the federal government for planning its response in detail before the storm hit, a contrast with what Puerto Rico has long seen as the neglect of 3.4 million Americans living in a territory without a vote in Congress or the electoral college.
"This is the first time we get this type of federal coordination," said Resident Commission Jenniffer Gonzalez, Puerto Rico's non-voting representative in Washington.
This is from American Maritime Officers Currents,
CNBC, CBS reports reveal the truth about relief supplies in Puerto Rico: The much-needed cargo was delivered by Jones Act carriers long before Wednesday, and ongoing service has brought even more; distribution over land by truck is the actual obstacle separating Americans from crucial supplies.

In a televised report available on the CNBC website, the network reported thousands of containers are stranded in port in Puerto Rico awaiting distribution to island residents. This much-needed cargo was delivered by Jones Act carriers with dedicated service to Puerto Rico. Deliveries began as soon as the ports were opened to vessels last weekend and are continuing. 

A broadcast report by CBS News Correspondent David Begnaud circulated via Twitter with the following introduction is available through the link below: When @ricardorossello told us there was food water & medicine sitting in the port of Puerto Rico, we went looking. Here's what we found. # 





After the storm President Trump quickly moved tens and thousands of tons of food, water and medical supplies to San Juan and other ports for distribution. But corrupt and incompetent mayors like San Juan's unhinged Carmen Cruz didn't make keeping access to Puerto Rico's ports a priority as the storm closed in. In a desperate attempt to hide her incompetence and keep her job Cruz is using the Trump Administration as a scapegoat for her failures - and is so extreme in her hatred of Trump that she won't attend FEMA meetings. Pathetic.


Action Jackson writes

Maria/Puerto Rico is no Katrina. Not by a long shot.

New Orleans has multiple ground routes into the city. That means recovery operations moves into the city at 40 to 60 miles per hour. ALL recovery operations supporting Puerto Rico’s recovery cover the last 1,100 miles via surface shipping moving at 20 miles per hour – max.

And once the recovery assets arrive in Puerto Rico they MUST flow through a single port to be off loaded.

The logistic movements into the two cities are totally different BEFORE the you break the bulk cargo containers down into truck/people sized loads.


Supplies from the U.S. sitting undistributed at ports in Puerto Rico.

But there's the impossible problem of impassible roads and the terrible dearth of trucks and drivers to distribute supplies caused by Maria. With good reason Puerto Rico's governor gave President Trump high marks for acting quickly in giving him "everything he asked for" and bringing tons of vital supplies to PR's ports ready for wide distribution when the means of delivery are available. By the time the President lands in San Juan next week much of this problem will be resolved; and with the world looking on seeing the President pointing to all the great good that's being done he will look like a hero saving the island and its people; and the malice and hatred of the anti-Trump media once again will be defeated.




The destroy Trump media's attempt to turn Maria into Trump's Katrina by blaming him for not doing the impossible is not going to work especially with first hand accounts like the following by Puerto Rican born Colonel Michael Valle.

Speaking today exclusively and live from Puerto Rico, is Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the US commonwealth with a population of more than 3 million. Since the ‘apocalyptic’ Cat 4 storm tore into the spine of Puerto Rico on September 20, Col. Valle has been both duty and blood bound to help. 

Col. Valle is a firsthand witness of the US Department of Defense (DoD) response supporting FEMA in Puerto Rico, and as a Puerto Rican himself with family members living in the devastation, his passion for the people is second to none. “It’s just not true,” Col. Valle says of the major disconnect today between the perception of a lack of response from Washington verses what is really going on on the ground. “I have family here. My parents’ home is here. My uncles, aunts, cousins, are all here. As a Puerto Rican, I can tell you that the problem has nothing to do with the US military, FEMA, or the DoD.”
While Governor Rossello praised President Trump for the speed at which he acted in response to Maria, what is less known is the anticipatory naval measures he took to help the island in case the worst happened.
 This is provided by Navy Captain Jerry Hendrix in the following Q&A:

>>TH: So, it seems like everybody has blasted Trump administration’s response to the Puerto Rico crisis. Has that criticism been fair?

>>JH: No, I don’t think so. First of all, there was a fair amount of anticipatory action that is not being recognized. Amphibious ships, including the light amphibious carriers Kearsarge and Wasp and the amphibious landing ship dock Oak Hill were at sea and dispatched to Puerto Rico ahead of the hurricane’s impact.

>>These are large ships that have large flight decks to land and dispatch heavy-lift CH-53 helicopters to and from disaster sites. They also have big well-decks — exposed surfaces that are lower than the fore and aft of the ship — from which large landing craft can be dispatched to shore carrying over 150 tons of water, food and other supplies on each trip. These are actually the ideal platforms for relief operations owing to their range of assets. The ships, due to their designs to support Marine amphibious landings in war zones, also have hospitals onboard to provide medical treatment on a large scale. That these ships were in the area should be viewed as a huge positive for the administration and the Department of Defense. . . .

>>Puerto Rico is an island that suffers from its position in the middle of the Caribbean and its physical separation from the U.S. Its roads were in disrepair and its electrical grid was antiquated prior to the hurricane. The island has also suffered for years from ineffective local government and rising local territorial debt.

>>The Navy used to operate a large Navy base there, Naval Station Roosevelt Roads. I spent six months on the island in 1993, but when the island’s population protested the presence of the training range at nearby Vieques Island, the Navy shuttered the base, taking $300 million a year out of the Puerto Rican economy.

>>If they still had that Navy base they’d be in better shape, but local politicos wanted it gone.



    1. I disagree with “a lot” of what Geraldo promotes however I recognize him for years of respect and support for our military. If all liberals were like Geraldo our country would be in much better shape than it is.

  1. The media had nothing to criticize for the TX & FL hurricanes, so they are trying to make this a “Trump’s slow response for brown people” narrative

  2. Help get Puerto Rico back on its feet. Absorb some of its debt. And then say adios – you are now an independent country. No more handouts, no shadow seats in Congress, no more unlimited access to the U.S. .

  3. The Media is ignoring positive relief efforts underway in the >>United States Virgin Islands. Why?

    Members of the 14th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina delivered 17 pallets containing more than 129,000 pounds of food and water to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in support of relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, Sept. 24, 2017.

  4. The press skips over the fact that Puerto Rico is insolvent because it chose to spend money on social programs instead of infrastructure and are now paying the price.

  5. i hear that the roads are pretty much clear. Yet, the drivers are not showing up. Why? Everything is unloaded in the harbors waiting to be distributed. WTF

    1. Because the PR government can’t reach most of their qualified truck drivers, who are living in places that now have no communications with the outside world. They tried hiring semi-qualified people and three fuel trucks were stolen.

      That said, I think it’s great that Rosselló, their current governor, has come out and thanked Trump and tried to correct the mainland leftist media narrative.

  6. Maria/Puerto Rico is no Katrina. Not by a long shot.

    New Orleans has multiple ground routes into the city. That means recovery operations moves into the city at 40 to 60 miles per hour. ALL recovery operations supporting Puerto Rico’s recovery cover the last 1,100 miles via surface shipping moving at 20 miles per hour – max.

    And once the recovery assets arrive in Puerto Rico they MUST flow through a single port to be off loaded.

    The logistic movements into the two cities are totally different BEFORE the you break the bulk cargo containers down into truck/people sized loads.

    1. But there’s the problem of impassible roads and very few trucks and drivers.

      With good reason Puerto Rico’s governor gave Trump high marks for acting quickly and bringing tons of supplies to the port. Beyond that (distribution) is practically in the realm of the impossible for the time being. But it’s only a passing phase. By the time Trump lands in San Juan next week much of this problem will be resolved, and he will look like a hero saving the island and its people.

  7. Apollo. Rossello is not a democrat. He is of the New Progressive party was the main conservative alternative to Bernier in 2016.

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