On Meet the Press this morning, host Chuck Todd interviewed correspondent Ron Mott about conditions in Puerto Rico and the conflicting claims of Donald Trump and the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz.
Mott took the safe route and said the situation wasn't as rosy as the Trump administration claims but it wasn't as bad as Cruz maintains. Sort of 50/50. Then he got down to hard numbers, the Trump regime's claims.
"FEMA did say that it has already distributed two and a half million liters of water here, two million pounds of food. We can't dispute any of that. But we can tell you that that port is not-- there's not a convoy of containers leaving that port going out into the communities with all these relief supplies. A lot of the stuff at the port, now we can tell you this, was not hurricane relief stuff."
2.5 million litres of water, that sure sounds like a lot. Only it's not. The World Health Organization stipulates the minimum amount of clean, freshwater needed in an emergency is 15 litres per day. 20 litres is the minimum for consumption, food preparation and personal hygiene.
Let's see. About 3.4 million Puerto Ricans in need of aid. Half still without drinking water. So that's about 1.7 million Puerto Ricans who have been without clean, freshwater since Maria hit 11-days ago. That comes out to 25 million litres of clean water a day, about 270 million litres over the last 11 days. FEMA boasts that it has distributed 2.5 million litres which is almost 1% of what's so badly needed.
2 million pounds of food against 3.4 million Puerto Ricans over 11 days is just as infinitesimal. And yet NBC's flagship Sunday show certainly gives the impression that, overall, it's not too bad. And the Gullibillies tell themselves that Trump's right again. These ingrates are just whiners.