FEMA Deletes Statistics About Drinking Water And Electricity In Puerto Rico From Site
Earlier this week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) site reported that only 50% of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and just 5% of the island had electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria. However, sometime towards the end of the week, the agency decided to remove those key facts from their website. That’s right. On Thursday morning, those statistics had been deleted.
FEMA spokesman William Booher defended the decision and asserted that both numbers are still being reported on a website maintained by the office of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, www.status.pr.
According to that Spanish website, 9.2% of Puerto Rico now has power and 54.2 % of residents have access to drinking water, The Washington Post reports. However, he did not say why they were deleted from the FEMA page.
Booher did go on the record to say: “Our mission is to support the governor and his response priorities through the unified command structure to help Puerto Ricans recover and return to routines. Information on the stats you are specifically looking for are readily available.”
As of Thursday, the FEMA website now reports that there are now 14,000 federal workers on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, up from 12,300 earlier in the week. This, of course, gives more insight into Trump’s effort than over outcome and current status of the residents. In short, it’s BS.
The President finally got around to visiting the hurricane-ravaged island on Tuesday and managed to insult the people of Puerto Rico by claiming that their death toll was a lot lower than Hurrican Katrina’s in 2005.
What’s more, last month, Trump tweeted that Puerto Rico was “already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt” and had an “old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape.” During his controversial visit, Trump told officials that it’s difficult to fix the power grid because it “was devastated before the hurricanes even hit.”
Is Trump just trying to find excuses and make himself look like a good leader when he knows he isn’t?