It turns out President Trump was right again! He’s been getting all kinds of flack from the mayor of San Juan about the American response to Hurricane Maria, and now we find out that corruption was alive and well on the island, with the apparent motive being to sell the water instead of just give it to the people who really needed it. The death toll due to the hurricane is a lot higher than originally reported (64). The real number is a lot closer to 3,000! There’s no way to tell how many lives might have been saved had they just had the access to the water that still sits on the airport, covered up with blue tarps.
“Hundreds of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are still sitting at a Puerto Rico airport — nearly a year after the deadly storm, according to a report.
A photo showing the bottles in boxes and covered in a blue tarp on a runway in Ceiba was shared widely on social media Tuesday evening.
“Although you don’t believe it… almost a million boxes of water that were never delivered to the villages,” posted Abdiel Santana, a photographer working for a Puerto Rican state police agency who took the pictures. “Is there anyone who can explain this?”
FEMA acknowledged to CBS News on Wednesday that the bottles were brought inland in 2017 in the wake of the hurricane and that they were turned over to “central government.”
It is unclear where the breakdown that caused the bottles to never be distributed was caused.
Celebrity chef José Andrés, who brought a crew of volunteers to help feed victims of Maria in the wake of the storm, called for an “official independent investigation” into what happened to the stash of drinking water.
“My teams knew about it but first they will say, ‘no we can not use them,’ months later water was no good for human consumption,” he tweeted. “We were ‘buying’ water because they wouldn’t give it to us.” He didn’t specify who “they” was.” – The New York Post
My teams @WCKitchen @natemook @ErinSchrode knew about it but first they will say no we can not use them, months later water was no good for human consumption.We were “buying” water because they wouldn’t give it to us @ricardorossello we need an official independent investigation! https://t.co/FG2bainoVD
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) September 12, 2018
.@FEMA has told @CBSNews that what could be millions of bottles of water that were sent to the island to help the survivors of Hurricane Maria, has been sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico since last year," @DavidBegnaud reports. pic.twitter.com/NFMJKb4ULf
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 12, 2018
Pretty amazing, isn’t it. How true the adage “follow the money” rings. It just never seems to stop. I think that is one of the reasons Donald Trump is able to stay in take-care-of-business mode… he already has the money, and donates the salary he does get to charity! Let’s get into the saddle and help him complete his mission to Make America Great Again! Please share this to as many platforms and in as many groups as possible. Americans need to know the truth!
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