Mick Mulvaney: ‘Unfair’ to Say We Haven’t Done Everything for Puerto Rico
MULVANEY: "I think what the president is trying to get sat that folks think this is going to be easy. They saw what happened in Texas and Florida and they thought, oh, this is easy to do and it’s not. This was an island that was devastated not by one hurricane but two. I think it’s 1, 100 miles from thenearest mainland American port. We knew this was going to be hard which is why we positioned assets on the island before the storm and why we have 10,000 people on the island now. I think it’s possible people said this will be easy and they’re surprised it’s taking as long as as it is and it’s not going to be easy but we’re doing things on Puerto Rico, Jake, that we didn’t do in Texas or Florida. We’ve given Puerto Rico more tools than we brought to bear in those other states because we had to because of its location. Because of the scope of the devastation. It’s unfair to say we haven’t done everything we can because we have done everything we can and will continue to do. So it’s unfortunate the San Juan mayor wants to sort of go against the grain. We’d love to have her on the team as we all pull in the same direction. My understanding is as of yesterday she had not even been to the FEMA operations center in her own city so we need to get her involved along with the other 70 odd mayors on the island and the governor. Everybody is there, we’d love to have her on the team as well."