Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the Department of Defense’s primary military liaison with FEMA, toured the damage in Puerto Rico for the first time Saturday during a helicopter ride from San Juan to Ceiba. After landing at a hangar in Ceiba with no power, internet or cellular service, Buchanan spoke with the PBS NewsHour’s Monica Villamizar.
“Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen
until the storm actually hits, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Buchanan
The trip occurred hours after President Donald
Trump criticized San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for “poor leadership” after
she spoke of devastation and “horror” on the island in the aftermath of
Hurricane Maria and pleaded for help and support from the government. “We are
dying here,” she said during a news conference Friday.
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