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Put the Defense Department in Charge of Puerto Rico's Recovery Aid

September 28, 2017 - 2:00pm

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., urged President Donald Trump to put the Department of Defense (DOD) in charge of handling the logistics of distributing recovery aid in Puerto Rico as the island grapples with the crisis caused by Hurricane Maria. 

Rubio sent a letter to the president as follows:
Dear Mr. President:
After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, conditions on the ground remain dire and it appears there are fundamental problems associated with the recovery efforts to date.
As you are aware, FEMA plays a significant supporting role in providing targeted federal assistance to local government officials. There are significant logistical concerns regarding the urgent actions your administration is taking to bring relief to our fellow Americans on the island of Puerto Rico. There is no clear command, control, and communication between local officials on the ground and federal agencies, and many roads and bridges remained unpassable, making it even more difficult for repair crews to restore power and communications to areas of the island outside of San Juan. As a result, significant lifesaving resources are sitting in containers at the Port of San Juan, with no way to move that assistance to those who need it most.
This unique situation requires a well-coordinated response led by the Department of Defense (DOD), which is the only entity capable of executing a recovery effort of this scale and complexity. DOD is internationally recognized for its humanitarian relief efforts and its expertise is required now more than ever. I urge you, as commander-in-chief, to make DOD the lead agency in the ground phase of recovery efforts.
I commend DOD’s decision to appoint a brigadier general as the lead military official in charge of the humanitarian assistance mission in Puerto Rico, but time is of the essence. The logistical chain in Puerto Rico isn’t just broken, at this point it is virtually non-existent. Unless DOD steps in quickly to establish emergency logistical assistance, it is my fear this situation will deteriorate rapidly.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to working with you on recovery efforts.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. 


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put dod in charge of Recovery....????...How about put Someone with common care for the People & whole run that country retired Miltary U.S. General would FIX that country ..Not a B.S. talking Drug Cartel money mongul....There is Cuba in a Making for years That Why They are Bankrupt...You see the Leaders in U.S. when Disaster Hits...Now you see How P.R Leaders React when Disaster Heads up There But...& Screaming US you got to Help us....lil marco you should be screaming Get a LEADER to run that Country...Not Columbian cartel wanabe ...Anyone with common sense Knows Columbia runs that country So they smuggle Drugs & Guns thur there to US....

Well, now, all great lies are woven around some truth to build on. Puerto Rico an incomprehensible mess to begin with, and it took a long time to drive that train off the tracks and into the swamp. Puerto Rico should be rich. They were rich. Then the Social Democrats took power after promising the people everything for free. Why work when you can just wait for your check. They were, of course, elected. Outside San Juan they did not have a real power grid to begin with. So now America pays to build them one? Whats next, bring electricity to Africa? By all means, bring them food, water, medical supplies etc. That is common decency. They are, after all, through a fluke, American citizens. Anyone remember the earthquake in Haiti? Hundreds of millions raised. Mostly stolen. How did the Clinton Foundation get involved? What the people got - and those were people that did not get a government check, the money being stolen before there was even a pretense at helping anyone- was some MRE' and some tents and tarps. Those folks are still living in the tents and tarps. Lets pretend we are grownups and say that Puerto Rico can no more be fixed than Ferguson MO can be.

Spot on. My recommendation days ago. We have 3.5 million people in dire need and little infrastructure. The people who would normally be helping have had their homes and lives destroyed.

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