Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois broke down in tears during an interview from Puerto Rico, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.
President Donald Trump has claimed that his administration has done a “great job,” but Gutierrez told CNN that was not true:
They’re handing out maybe a bottle of water and one meal to a family of five or six. and that was after eight days. Some towns, not even that.
I think it isn’t a good job. It’s a disgraceful job. The United States of America is the most powerful, wealthiest country in the world, and this is not a response that’s demonstrative of our power and wealth.
I’m tired of the president always talking about how much it’s going to cost. It’s costing lives, Mr. President -of children, and the elderly and the infirm.
Gutierrez said that he met with FEMA representatives who promised aid tomorrow, over a week after the hurricane hit the island.
Gutierrez also recalled Trump’s “fire and fury” comments about the U.S. military:
I would hope that as he likes to talk about the “fire and the fury” of the armed forces of the United States, that he bring them to Puerto Rico. With that same fire and fury to save the people of Puerto Rico from what is going to be a disaster here on this island…
They are 3.4 million American citizens. And I’m going to demand as their fellow citizen that we treat them with the kind of respect, with the kind of honor that they deserve as human beings.
(Source: CNN via YouTube)