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Schumer calls U.S. response to Puerto Rico ‘disorganized’ and ‘not adequate’

Schumer noted that after the 2010 earthquake, 22,000 troops were deployed to Haiti within two weeks, while just 10,000 have been sent to Puerto Rico only recently.
Sen. Schumer during a meeting last week with U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, who runs the military's Puerto Rico relief efforts. (Image via Twitter/@SenSchumer)
Sen. Schumer during a meeting last week with U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, who runs the military's Puerto Rico relief efforts. (Image via Twitter/@SenSchumer)

During a Sunday interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sen. Chuck Schumer made clear his criticism of President Trump’s response to Puerto Rico, which continues to suffer in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Speaking with John Dickers, Schumer said that “the president, instead of tweeting against the mayor of San Juan who's watching her people die and just made a plea for help, ought to roll up his sleeves and get to work here. The bottom line is at least for the first week and a half the effort has been slow footed, disorganized, and not adequate.”

Trump has received backlash after sending out a flurry of tweets on Saturday, insulting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, calling her leadership “poor” as she begged for help for the devastated island.

On Sunday, Schumer noted that after the 2010 earthquake, 22,000 troops were deployed to Haiti within two weeks, while just 10,000 have been sent to Puerto Rico only recently.

Many of the island’s residents are still without power and have been hit with rising floods and a death toll that is expected to increase dramatically.