Alabama Candidate Defends Trump’s Response to Puerto Rico Disaster
Barry Moore, a Republican challenger to Martha Roby’s District 2 Congressional seat in 2018, took to Facebook in support of President Trump’s response to the disaster in Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, the candidate from Enterprise posted a description of the aid that has been dispatched to Puerto Rico so far saying, “so tired of the fake news we must tell the truth about or nation’s generosity and Donald J. Trump.”
In the post, Moore revealed “the truth of Puerto Rico.” He explained that President Trump has dispatched 140 helicopters, 28 ships, 6 Army field hospitals, 3 Navy Seabee Battalions, 5 US Army Combat Engineer Battalions, 3 Civil Affairs battalions, 2 Nuclear Submarines capable of generating 2.8 Gigawatts of Power, and released 300,000 tons of food, medical supplies, and water from military stocks to Puerto Rico.
The post recalled that Governor Ricardo Rossello has praised the president for the aide received so far and thanked the president and federal government for having a comprehensive relief plan in place before the storm hit. Puerto Rico’s non-voting Congressional Representative Jennifer Gonzalez expressed a welcome change from previous administrations saying, “This is the first time we get this type of federal coordination.”
The post then explains the difficulty that response teams have faced even accessing the island. The various ports along the coast were in such disarray that relief ships could not dock. Contrary to what the media has been reporting, no response was delayed, it was simply unable to reach its destination. Once damage was cleared as quickly as possible, 23,000 cots and 1.6 millions of gallons of water were brought into the island. Over the next few days, FEMA officials were able to ensure that each town and city had access satellite phones.
Moore then pointed out that this report is a stark contrast to the berating that the president has received from the media over the past few days. Moore insists that the president did not delay any relief effort because he hates hispanics. He concludes the post by saying, “How long are people going to keep falling for the same old lies? When are you going to realize you are being manipulated (willingly) so as to purposely divide the country?”