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Trump Restricting Lawmaker Visits To Puerto Rico As Mayor Declares A ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

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Trump Restricting Lawmaker Visits To Puerto Rico As Mayor Declares A ‘Humanitarian Crisis’




The Trump administration is restricting lawmakers from traveling to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in military aircraft, claiming it needs to prioritize “resources for rescue and recovery.”

According to The Washington Post, the White House and Pentagon began denying permission to use military aircraft on Monday night after several lawmakers made plans to visit the islands.

President Trump this week announced that he will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday to meet with officials and survey storm damage.

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city San Juan, broke down in tears during a WUSA-9 interview on Tuesday while describing the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, telling the interviewer that the island is “having a humanitarian crisis.”

“I know that leaders aren’t supposed to cry and especially not on TV, but we are having a humanitarian crisis,” Cruz said. “And we’re doing all we can.”

“And the worst fear is that we cannot get to everyone in time.”

Earlier in the day, she told CBS News that Puerto Rican officials “need to get our s— together because people are dying, people are really dying.”





“It’s life or death, every moment we spend planning in a meeting or every moment we spend just not getting the help we’re supposed to get, people are starting to die,” Cruz said.

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