The international humanitarian charity Oxfam is stepping in to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, saying the Trump administration’s response has been “inadequate.”
The global nonprofit’s president, Abby Maxman, said in a statement Tuesday that the group is “outraged” at the U.S. government’s “slow” response in Puerto Rico.
“We’re hearing excuses and criticism from the administration instead of a cohesive and compassionate response,” Maxman said.
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The organization primarily focuses on humanitarian aid in developing nations and rarely helps wealthy countries like the U.S., but it said it is making an exception as the situation in Puerto Rico worsens.
Maxman said the group will join with Puerto Rican leaders to work with Congress and federal agencies to organize relief efforts, adding that a team has been sent to San Juan to provide direct resources to residents, particularly in rural communities.
“The US has more than enough resources to mobilize an emergency response but has failed to do so in a swift and robust manner,” she said.
Over the weekend, the president attacked the mayor of San Juan, tweeting that she has “poor leadership ability” and saying that Puerto Ricans “want everything done for them.”