Over the past couple of weeks, President Trump has taken a beating in the mainstream media for, among other things, suggesting that the mayor of San Juan had politicized federal disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Maria and that it was, in fact, local mayors and residents who were failing to help the recovery effort and not the federal government. Here are just a couple of the tweets as a refresher on the topic:
...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
And while CNN was all too happy to run with a new narrative essentially accusing the White House of racism for it's 'poor' response in Puerto Rico, a new report from Metro this morning could prove the President was right all along and that it was local mayors hindering disaster recovery efforts on the Caribbean island and not a lack of federal support.
As Metro reports, the U.S. Attorney in San Juan is now opening an investigation into whether or not local mayors around Puerto Rico have been withholding supplies from residents and/or only delivering them to "constituents who had voted for them."
"This morning we received information from a town on the Island where a person close to the municipal administration was asking one of our federal agents that the supplies that were there could not be touched because they were for his mayor," said Rodríguez, who then indicated that the case is already being investigated.
He added that he also received confidences from another islander whose official was also keeping supplies for "constituents who had voted for that person."
"This is not the time to do politics ... this is the time to help and to be kind to others. This is a tragedy and nobody should take advantage of the aid," said Rodriguez, adding that if they manage to prove the indications, the accusations will arrive" no matter which party, or whoever. "
US Attorney in Puerto Rico investigating official who was keeping supplies for "constituents who had voted for them" https://t.co/JgbM8WlRIB— Cate Long (@cate_long) October 9, 2017
While refusing to give specific names, the U.S. Attorney's office said that "the first is from the (area) north and the other is from the center; and another is the metropolitan area."
Meanwhile, the investigation was launched after Governor Ricardo Rosselló received multiple complaints that supplies delivered by FEMA to some mayors were not reaching citizenship.
"I want everyone who is listening to us to know that that will be investigated in a rigorous way and that we will not give any opportunity," he told Wapa Radio, the local chief of justice.
He reiterated that the aid that has been taken to "mayors and officials is for citizenship and if someone is committing a crime, receiving supplies and using them for their known people that is a crime and will be investigated".
Sometimes if you want something done right, you just have to do it yourself...