When Puerto Rico was walloped by deadly Hurricane Maria in 2017, President Donald Trump caught intense heat from Democrats and the media over his pointed criticism of the less-than-exemplary manner in which the island territory’s government responded to the devastating storms.
It has now been proven once again, however, that President Trump’s criticisms of Puerto Rico’s recovery and relief efforts were entirely warranted; a large warehouse full of unused hurricane relief and emergency supplies was just discovered, and the head of the island’s emergency management team was fired as a result, the Washington Examiner reported.
Unused relief supplies discovered
On Saturday, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez immediately fired the territory’s emergency management team director, Carlos Acevedo, following the discovery of the warehouse full of unused and still-packaged and palleted emergency supplies that were delivered to the island as part of the hurricane relief efforts in 2017.
Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fires the island’s emergency management director, after a video showing aid sitting unused in a warehouse went viral on social media.
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 19, 2020
In place of the fired director, Gov. Vazquez named the head of the Puerto Rico National Guard, Brig. Gen. Victor Perez, to take charge of the island’s emergency management team.
The discovery came about when the forgotten warehouse was inspected for potential damage following an earthquake that rocked the island just days prior.
As can be seen in the above video, the overlooked stockpile included a mountain of desperately-needed supplies ranging from food and water to batteries and fuel to even diapers and medicine.
The Examiner reported that the warehouse is located in an area known as Guancha de Ponce in the city of Ponce, and that town’s mayor, Mayita Melendez, issued a statement insisting that she had no knowledge of what had been located in that warehouse and that her city had no control over the facility.
She also expressed her great outrage that all of those supplies that could have done so much good for her constituents had been kept hidden away for so long.
Vindication for Trump
Sadly, this is far from the evidence of just how poorly managed and inept the response to the deadly 2017 hurricane truly was — a dismal effort for which Democrats and the media managed to shift the blame off of the local government and onto President Trump.
A massive stash of bottled water was also discovered at a landing strip in 2018, and those supplies could no longer be used after sitting in the hot sun for a year, the Examiner noted. There was also a discovery of another stockpile of emergency supplies found squirreled away in an elections office prior to that — materials that had already been picked through and ruined by rats.
It’s clear that President Trump was right to criticize Puerto Rico and its management of the hurricane recovery efforts, especially considering the manner in which U.S. taxpayer-funded emergency and relief supplies were squandered and mishandled by corrupt local officials. Unfortunately, the Democrats and media figures who got it so wrong will never issue corrections or apologize in any way for the unfair accusations they leveled at the time.