San Juan Mayor Takes Issue with DHS Official Who Called Puerto Rico Recovery A “Good News Story”

San Juan Mayor Takes Issue with DHS Official Who Called Puerto Rico Recovery A “Good News Story”

San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Friday refuted on Friday a comment from a Trump administration official who said the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which has ravaged the island, was “a good news story.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said Thursday that she was “very satisfied,” and knew “it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane.”

During an appearance on CNN on Friday Mayor Cruz was shown the clip of the DHS Secretary and took issue with them.

“Well, maybe from where she’s standing it’s a good news story,” Cruz said in response to the comments. “When you are drinking from a creek, it’s not a good news story. When you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story. When you have to pull people down from their buildings — I’m sorry, but that really upsets me and frustrates me.”

Cruz added that Duke should “come down here and visit the towns, and then make a statement like that.”

“This is — Damnit, this is not a good news story,” the mayor said. “It is not a good news story when people are dying when they don’t have dialysis, and when their generators aren’t working and their oxygen is not providing for them.”

“Where is there good news here?” she said.

via Talking Points Memo

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