CNN’s Chris Cuomo got into heated exchange with former Donald Trump campaign adviser David Urban over President Donald Trump calling the government’s response to Puerto Rico last year following Hurricane Maria “incredibly successful.”
With several hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic Ocean and Hurricane Isaac expected to impact Puerto Rico, still recovering from last year’s storm, the network that all but dedicates 24/7 coverage to denigrating Trump paired Urban up with CNN’s Van Jones to discuss the president’s claim.
After playing a clip of Trump’s remarks, Cuomo referenced a “BS meter” while noting that the president’s approval ratings are down.
“It’s a disaster on a scale that no one should have to endure, but the facts are what the facts are, and you are deriding the president for his comments about Puerto Rico not being prepared,” Urban pointed out.
The official death toll on the island was listed at 64 for months, before recently being increased to 2,975 by the Puerto Rican officials.
Urban went on to note that the Puerto Rican power company was in bankruptcy and that 80,000 people were already without power because of Hurricane Irma,which had hit earlier. He added that 70 percent of the population didn’t have lean drinking water before the storm.
“With the president saying it was an unmitigated success, you know, look, there’s no way to say disaster response is going to be a success,” Urban added. “It’s a disaster. You’re responding to it, you’re trying to mitigate this disaster, and so what they did, the responders got there as quick as they could.”
“Wrong,” the smug CNN anchor replied.
Of course, Cuomo based the entire debate on the narrative that Trump failed in the response to the storm, so naturally he dismissed any and all arguments that did not support his premise.
Cuomo’s point of contention was that Puerto Rico’s vulnerabilities were known and that the US government should have been better prepared.
“You’re doing a disservice, Chris, to the brave men and women, he first responders…,” Urban began saying, before being cut off.
“Oh, here we go, here’s the part that your insulting people if you say that the response stunk,” Cuomo interjected.
Urban reiterated that is what he’s doing, prompting Cuomo to openly admitted it.
“Then that’s what I’m doing,” the CNN anchor declared. “Because I was there, and everybody knows that they weren’t ready for it.”
With the lessons of how Hurricane Katrina hurt George W. Bush fresh in mind, the Resistance is looking to take a page out of that playbook by politicizing these events.
As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, James Joseph, FEMA’s senior administrator, appeared on Fox News to talk about the dangerous storm and noted that government is always learning from these disasters.
The hurricane itself could be catastrophic,” Joseph cautioned.
“So there will be the impacts of the event, but how we respond is going to be critical,” he continued. “We have already leaned very far forward and been in touch with every state, and we are learning lessons from every disaster. Not just 2017, but from every disaster and every emergency response that we have.”
We learn lessons and the difference here is we are implementing those lessons already and have been throughout the year.
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