CNN Segment Goes Off The Rails When GOP Lawmaker Insists Puerto Ricans Have Food And Water

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Chris Cuomo interviewed Rep. Scott Perry on CNN and the Pennsylvania Republican tried to justify Donald Trump’s tweet this morning in which the alleged president threatened to abandon recovery efforts in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.

Perry called the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico a “success story” even though most of the island is still without power, and 35 percent of the people there still do not have access to clean water.

“I think the point the president is making is that FEMA has a finite mission and a finite amount of time to be there to get people back into power and get back into some kind of civilized living condition,” Perry told Cuomo. “At some point it’s up to Puerto Rico to get themselves out of this situation and help their people.”

“It seems like it’s not the time to be talking about it,” Cuomo said. “There are people starving on the island. It’s not a time to talk about their debt structure.”

Perry insisted that people on the island are getting food and water.

“When you have less that half of the people without food and water, where do you see success?” Cuomo asked.

Perry asked what kind of help would be “enough” for the efforts to be a success.

“Having them not starve in the hills of Puerto Rico!” Cuomo shot back.

Perry then said, “They’re not starving in the hills, sir.”

“You are wrong,” Cuomo said.

“It is a success story,” Perry insisted. “You are not on the ground there.”

“Where is the success?” Cuomo said. “I was on the ground there. Don’t tell me what we know and don’t know!”

Perry insisted that “if half of the country didn’t have food or water, those people would be dying. And they’re not.”

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, not a separate country, by the way. It feels weird that we even need to point that out.

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As for the water in PR, the EPA has had to direct the island’s residents to not drink from wells at hazardous waste ‘Superfund’ sites.

“I say to all of you gathered here today to the people of Puerto Rico: We are with you, we stand with you, and we will be with you every single day until Puerto Rico is restored bigger and better than ever before,” Mike Pence said last week.

Trump said pretty much the same thing in a Sept. 29 speech, “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe.” Trump added: “These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure. And we will be there every day until that happens.”

Two weeks later, Trump threatened to pull recovery efforts from the island.

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