Hurricane Maria hit the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico one week ago. And six days later, more than three million Americans are still in dire straits with no power, food shortages, and a lack of drinking water.
In recent days, President Donald Trump and his administration have faced a storm of criticism for not responding to the needs of the island fast enough. Trump told reporters Tuesday that the island’s location in the Atlantic Ocean hindered the government’s ability to deliver disaster relief quickly, but added that resources and supplies are on the way. The president announced that he plans to visit the Puerto Rico Tuesday.
Puerto Rican officials have criticized the relief efforts and are calling on the federal government to do more.
Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the ‘In The Thick’ political podcast and a contributor to NPR’s ‘Latino USA’, chair of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez of Boston, who has family in Puerto Rico; and Gregory Gottlieb, director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University and former Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID, joined Jim Braude to discuss whether the federal government is doing enough for Puerto Rico.