(National Sentinel) Confronting Propaganda: Fox News host and correspondent Geraldo Rivera confronted the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico who has tried to politicize the Trump administration’s response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, insisting that no, people aren’t “dying” like she has claimed.
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz claimed, “There are people at all municipalities literally starving, dehydrating. We have had our hospital try to go back to speed but then the electricity goes off and we have to do all the bacteria testing, which takes three to four days.”
Rivera said, “But are people dying? I’ve been traveling around, I don’t see people dying. I spoke to the doctors, they say they saw 53 patients and they had a person who was septic, but nobody dying.”
Cruz responded, “Dying is a continuum. If you don’t get fed for seven, eight days and you’re a child, you are dying. If you have 11 people like we took out of a nursing home, severely dehydrated, you are dying.”
Oh. So by her definition, anyone who doesn’t eat or drink anything for several hours, say, if they’re dieting or something, is really dying.
Geraldo wasn’t buying. He followed up after the video interview, stating, “More houses destroyed, not people killed–the Mayor’s wrong about that.”
“The death count was 16 a week ago. It remains 16 today. People are not dying. That does not mean that they have all the supplies they need. That does not mean that this power company, this corrupt, inept power company should not be hounded,” he added.
Cruz accused the administration of “killing us with the inefficiency,” adding she wanted to “make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”
That didn’t sit well with the president. In a series of tweets he fired back, defending the work “10,000 federal workers” on the island who were making great progress despite having to literally deal with apocalyptic conditions.
“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”
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