A recent episode of “The View,” took issue with President Donald Trump…yet again. The show attacked the President’s most recent tweets in which he questioned the accuracy of a report on the death toll in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria and the subsequent recovery efforts to rebuild the island in the aftermath.
This comes as Tropical Storm Florence inundated the Carolinas all day on Friday, killing at least four people. Show hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin discussed the storm and potential recovery efforts needed. As all things seem too concerning many on the Left and the View, in particular, they used the topic of conversation regarding a natural disaster and used it to attack President Trump.
Whoppi broke into a tirade, stating – “There is another hurricane on the way as you know, but ‘you know who’ in the White House is still trying to get credit for the way he handled the one which devastated Puerto Rico.”
Goldberg continues – “This morning, he tweeted that 3,000 people did not die from the hurricane….much later [Trump claims] Democrats reported large numbers to make him look bad. So if you lost someone how would you feel? If you lost someone on Puerto Rico and this person is saying, well, it’s not from the hurricane, how would you feel?”
President Trump tweeted his objections to a recent report on the death toll numbers in Puerto Rico, stating they were inflated to make him look bad. He tweeted – “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…”
3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
And in a second consecutive tweet, President Trump continued – “…..This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”
…..This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
Whoopi cited as fact a recent report from public health experts estimating nearly 3,000 perished because of the effects of Hurricane Maria, blasting President Trump as though he is personally responsible. When lone conservative host and the newest of the group, Abby Huntsman speaks up and attempts to defend President Trump, stating – “I don’t think Trump is solely to blame for what happened,” as she cites multiple issues with fraud and various government officials, including the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz.
Cruz, along with her administration and several suppliers are under FBI investigation for corruption according to El Vocero de Puerto Rico. The FBI launched an investigation following a lawsuit filed on February 21st, 2018 by the former director of procurement, Yadhira Molina. Molina alleges that officials punished him for reporting “alleged irregular acts” by the procurement division of Mayor Cruz’s administration which occurred in 2015. If true, this would likely explain supply shortages during Hurricane Maria in 2017 which Mayor Cruz blamed on President Trump, and others have pointed to a union strike.
According to the suit, a supply company incorporated shortly after Cruz became mayor was awarded “preferred supplier” status, which paid them 3x more than “regular suppliers,” and that city officials engaged in a corrupt scheme to steer business their way.
El Vocero de Puerto Rico reports –
“The lawsuit states that during the Fiestas of Calle San Sebastián in 2015, Molina began to notice a frequent practice that consisted of his supervisors making requests for purchase orders in the afternoons or quotations for suppliers to deliver them the next day.
It is alleged that given the “pressure” for the artificial time of the orders, the municipality of San Juan paid “preferred suppliers” three times more than the “regular suppliers”, since the former could deliver them in a short time.
The document mentions that among the preferred suppliers was Lionel Pereira from BR Solutions Corp., a company that wasallegedly incorporated on February 23, 2013, shortly after Cruz Soto became mayor.
According to the legal recourse, the plaintiff was retaliated against and persecuted after reporting the irregularities to the municipal secretary, Magdiel Pérez González, and to the Office of the Comptroller.”
Except apparently, facts are irrelevant as host Sunny Hostin, herself of Puerto Rican heritage, then gets up on her bully pulpit to have her turn, screeching “Well, I’m from Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico was not screwed-up!” She goes on a long tirade making up stats from thin air when we all know about the Democratic-lead corrupt local officials like San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz who is now facing corruption charges.
Except…well, the facts say otherwise.
Zero Hedge reports –
“San Juan teamsters didn’t show up for work to distribute supplies. 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, has the following comment:
“…They have the generators, water, food, medicine, and fuel on the ground, yet the supplies are not moving across the island as quickly as they’re needed.
“It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the ports, waiting to have a vehicle to unload into. However, only 20% of the truck drivers show up to work. These are private citizens in Puerto Rico, paid by companies that are contracted by the government”.. (link)
The ports are so full of relief supplies they can’t fit any more on the available space. CNBC ground report confirms Colonel Valle’s ground report. WATCH:
The reason for truck drivers not showing up? The Puerto Rican Truckers Union, Frente Amplio, is refusing to move the product.
The older man in this video (below) is the boss of a very sketchy (corrupt and violent) Puerto Rico trucker’s union called Fente Amplio. The Union Leader’s name is Victor Rodriguez. The reporter is pleading with Rodriquez to set aside his political grievances with the Puerto Rican governor. Mr. Rodriquez (toothless) angrily shouts NO, and states the truck drivers have a right to be mad and will punish Puerto Rico to prove their union’s strength.
Here’s another report with three independent sources confirming the work stoppage:
“WAPA Television confirmed that the strike is related to a recently passed law known as “The Senate Project 525 meant to Administratively Transform the Public Service Commission.” The law covers the recognition of UBER and other transportation methods but Rodriguez refuses to listen to reason or hear related facts.
The law is more commonly known as “The Senate’s 525 Project.” This video should dispel the rumors as to whether or not the supplies are sitting in the port because there isn’t fuel or because the drivers have been instructed NOT to drive.”
The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin decided to keep her mouth shut about the strike and insult President Trump instead. It was a foolish and unfortunate choice considering Puerto Rico is out in the middle of the ocean. President Trump doubled down his efforts and was preparing for the tragedy “even before” the hurricanes hit Puerto Rico. -SNN.bz
Did mayor of San Juan mention union workers at port are on STRIKE & demanding money first before distributing supplies off boat? #amjoy
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) September 30, 2017