Michael Caputo: ‘It’s Political’ to Criticize Trump and FEMA over Puerto Rico Response
CAPUTO: "I do, of course. I mean, just like FEMA Director Brock Long said, you need unity of command in these kinds of situations. And instead of becoming part of that unity, the mayor, who represents 12 percent of the people of Puerto Rico, decided to take partisan shots at the president. There were 3,500 federal workers on the ground in Puerto Rico, before it started. There are 10,000 now, there are going to be thousands and thousands of combat engineers down there. They’ve cleared out half the highways that are now open. Half the — half of Puerto Rico now has water and it has access to water. Half of the grocery stores are open again. Things are happening as fast as they can. The problem isn’t, like you said, the Jones Act. That — you know, people were talking about that a lot. The supplies are all there. The Jones Act wasn’t the problem. The problem is you can’t get through to the people, especially in the mountainous region, because really, it’s really — it’s destroyed... I mean, profoundly destroyed. I think it’s unfair. I think it’s political to criticize the president and FEMA at this point."