‘We Need to Get Our Sh*t Together Because People Are Dying’
PresidentÂ Donald Trump may have thanked her for her kind words about FEMA, but he didn’t hear all of them. San Juan, Puerto Rico mayorÂ Carmen YulÃn Cruz says FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) employees are good people who really want to help but they are waiting for their “marching orders,” and assessing the life-or-death situation in the capital city of 400,000 devastated byÂ Hurricane Maria.
MayorÂ YulÃn Cruz is blasting the Trump administration’s red tape, telling CBS News they want her to write memos. The San Juan mayor has literally been knocking on doors herself and saving lives.
“We are having a humanitarian crisis here, and we’re doing all we can. The worse fear is that we cannot get to people in time,” she says. “Two people died yesterday, because there was no diesel” at the local hospital. “There’s no diesel, there’s no life support system.”
“Help needs to get into people’s hands. Now.”
“The FEMA employees want to do it. They do,” she says. “But the chain of command is just sucking everything up.”
She warns that FEMA is spending time assessing and not doing anything.
“If you don’t ‘do,’ hundreds of lives will be lost.”
â€” CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2017
The mayor also took a swing at President Trump for his tweets Monday night about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.
“This is a time for action. Let’s not talk about the debt. The fricking debt.”
“We need to get our shit together because people are dying,” she told CBS News.Â “It’s life or death.”
“It’s life or death,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz says of Hurricane Maria. “People are starting to die already.” pic.twitter.com/Ei6nm9MvJ4
â€” CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2017
“Every moment we spend just not getting the help we’re supposed to get, people are starting to die,”Â YulÃn Cruz said.Â
She notes that Health and Human Services employees are on the ground and “ready to help but they didn’t get any marching orders.” She’s asking for someone to “structure the logistics.”
“There are people who have had no food and no water for 14 days.”Â
CBS’Â David Begnaudâ€ posted a longer clip, in which MayorÂ YulÃn Cruz says, “I don’t give a crap about who is running the show. Who ever is running the show needs to get the help out of the logistics meeting, and into people’s hands.”
And she says FEMA is still assessing, six days after the hurricane.
“The other day I was told, ‘You need to write a memo.'”
“We need to get out shit together,” says the Mayor of San Juan who’s saying this is a “Mayday” pic.twitter.com/gATVRF2T0w
â€” David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 26, 2017
Begnaud on camera referred to this tweet from FEMA Administrator Brock Long:
â€” Brock Long (@FEMA_Brock) September 25, 2017
Amnd Begnaud’s response:
We’d love to. We tried to interview you yesterday. You took no questions. Why don’t you let us follow a team delivering aid to needy people? https://t.co/FcH7HenUQB
â€” David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 26, 2017
CNN’s David Wright posted some of her remarks from a different inrterview:
Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico shares harrowing details of rescue missions: “Our bodies are so tired, but our souls are so full of strength” pic.twitter.com/Q3DdKEDrS4
â€” David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) September 26, 2017
President Trump has announced he is visiting Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
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Pelosi Delivers Brutal Response After McCarthy’s Acting Replacement Orders Her to Vacate Her Office Immediately
Within hours of Kevin McCarthy being ousted as Speaker of the House late Tuesday afternoon, his hand-picked acting successor, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), ordered Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi to vacate her Capitol Hill offices “by tomorrow.”
McHenry, whose title technically now is “Speaker Pro Tempore,” is a staunch McCarthy ally who worked diligently behind the scenes in January to help the now-former Speaker get elected on the fifteenth attempt, had an aide issue the order.
“‘Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,’ wrote a top aide on the Republican-controlled House Administration Committee,” Politico reported Tuesday night. “The room was being reassigned by the acting speaker ‘for speaker office use,’ the email said.”
Politico adds that “House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff helped Pelosi’s office make the move, according to a spokesperson for the former speaker.”
Pelosi, who was honored with the title “Speaker Emerita” in 2022 by the House Steering and Policy Committee in an effort to help unite the House, did not vote for or against McCarthy’s ouster. She remained in California to attend the funeral of her friend and colleague, the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
But Pelosi, the first and only woman Speaker of the House, who served from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023, did not take McHenry’s order lying down.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico’s Nicholas Wu. “Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
“This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition. As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished,” She noted.
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems important to them,” Pelosi added. “Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter, let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important to the American people.”
‘Radical Left Marxists’: Trump Launches Attack Hours After Judge Imposes Gag Order
Just hours after New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a limited gag order and directed Donald Trump to remove his social media post targeting and attacking, by name, the judge’s law clerk, the ex-president Tuesday evening issued an attack targeting the legal system, and apparently, by extension, Attorney General Letitia James.
Judge Engoron’s Tuesday order barred Trump from “posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” as Politico reported. The judge’s gag order did not extend to any officer of the court, witnesses, or anyone else involved in Attorney General James’ $250 million civil fraud case against Trump.
“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said Tuesday afternoon. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”
Judge Engoron had announced in court: “This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff.”
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I will not tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoron added.
Politico described Trump’s social media post as “a message alleging [the law clerk] ‘is running this case against me.’ The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.”
“’How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!’ Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as ‘Schumer’s girlfriend.'”
And while the judge ordered the social media post taken down, there’s nothing that can be done about the email blast Trump sent to “millions” of his supporters that included the post, as The New York Times reported.
Tuesday evening, despite having already been given one gag order, Trump appeared to tear into the legal system and Attorney General Letitia James in a series of false claims.
After claiming James’ civil lawsuit against him was unconstitutional and election interference, Trump wrote the decision to apply that statute to him “was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know.”
“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about! Under this Section of the law, I am not even entitled to a JURY (there is no checking of a box alternative!).This was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
As The New Yorker reported last week, the law Trump is referring to was “passed at the behest of one of” James’ “Republican predecessors, Jacob Javits.”
‘Terrorist Attacks’: Murphy and Cornyn Slam House GOPers Over McCarthy Ouster
After U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and seven of fellow far-right House Republicans voted to oust their own Speaker of the House for supporting a bipartisan vote to keep the federal government of the United States from a shutdown, a powerful Senate Republican and Democrat are both strongly denouncing the work of the few GOP extremists who toppled Kevin McCarthy.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a hard-core Republican of Texas and a former member of the Senate Republican leadership team, blasted the eight House Republicans for their “terrorist attack,” and warned it will happen again.
“We saw a similar thing happen to Boehner, Ryan, and now McCarthy. I’m sure the next speaker is going to be subjected to the same terrorist attacks,” Senator Cornyn said, according to HuffPost’s Igor Bobic.
Responding to a Texas radio talk show host from his official social media account, Sen. Cornyn added, “A handful [of] House members just want to blow up the institution and themselves in the process. Sad.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called the ouster “a deeply embarrassing moment for America. A consequence of a Republican Party that has become so radicalized that it can no longer function as an organized political party.”
“Nobody should be rooting for this circus,” added Sen. Murphy in video recorded as he watched the House voting to remove McCarthy as Speaker. He warned that the ouster of McCarthy will now take the House away from the critical work of keeping the government open after November 17, “instead of working on a budget.” And he warned that no new funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war have been authorized.
“These are life and death stakes,” Murphy said, lamenting this “makes us look so weak and foolish around the world.”
Let me tell you about the real world consequences of Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as Speaker. No one should celebrate this day. This level of dysfunction is terrible for America. pic.twitter.com/7NsQrz7Pro
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2023
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