FEMA Director Brock Long appeared on ABC News's “This Week” on Sunday, to be grilled by Martha Raddatz over his response, or lack thereof, to the ever more desperate pleas of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
The mayor had tweeted that morning that she had been asking him for help over continued power outages and a lack of drinking water in the city.
Raddatz asked him for his reaction, and instead of being a good emergency administrator and saying, “I'm going to cut this interview short so I can look into this right away, because it is unacceptable nearly three weeks after this hurricane that 85 percent of Puerto Rico lacks electricity and 40 percent lacks potable water,” Long instead said this:
“We filtered out the mayor a long time ago. We don't have time for the political noise. The bottom line is that we are making progress every day.”
The snicker at the beginning of that sentence is a nice touch.
The Trump administration has made sport of ignoring, berating, attacking and belittling Cruz as she has expressed her ever-growing frustration at what she sees as a lagging relief effort. The president and his people have been accused, as Long did in that segment, of using the disaster in Puerto Rico to boost her political profile ahead of a run for governor of the island next year.
When they are not busy attacking her people for being lazy, that is.
Meanwhile, the stats on the island's recovery tell a different story, one that sounds as if the relief effort is moving painfully slowly. Perhaps Cruz is begging because she feels like only the squeaky wheel gets the oil. And the Trump administration, instead of doing what it can to help her, has decided to dismissively wave its collective hand and tell itself it is doing great.
Watch the exchange between Raddatz and Long below.