Well, looks like Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón will not be invited back to NPR anytime soon, since she refused to take their bait.
Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) resisted National Public Radio host Lulu Garcia-Navarro’s push for her to criticize President Donald Trump and his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria’s devastation of the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico saying, in the end, that the people there are “grateful” for the aid they are receiving.
Here is the exchange between the two that aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday program:
Garcia-Navarro: Good morning. You just returned from Puerto Rico on Friday. You’re now in D.C. You are a Republican. And President Trump has singled you out on Twitter as being wonderful to deal with. At the same time, he tweeted that Puerto Ricans, quote, “want everything to be done for them.” And he attacked, as we said, the mayor of San Juan. What’s your response to that?
González-Colón: I think that people of Puerto Rico are frustrated. We’ve never got this kind of disaster before. So some people ventilated their frustration, like the mayor of San Juan. We convert that frustration into action, into how to help the people. I mean, this is down to saving lives. Let me tell you something….. Everybody’s frustrated not because of the level of commitment. We’re – the Air Force is there. I mean, I’m seeing the troops doing air drops of food. Everybody there is working hard. We’ve got a problem. The catastrophic disaster we’ve got – we’ve never got this before.
Garcia-Navarro: Are you satisfied with what is being done and how quickly?
González-Colón: I mean, we need more. And when President Trump called me yesterday, he said, I just authorized to have more deployment, more people there, more than 500 trucks and drivers.
Garcia-Navarro: But it’s been many days since Hurricane Maria hit. It’s good that that’s happening now, say the people there. But why did it take so long?
González-Colón: I mean, there were 4,000 people during – before the hurricane. And after the hurricane, that amount of people was 10,000. So that – now that number is going to increase more. I mean, 600 medics on Saturday, 700 beds – new beds. During this week, the U.S. Comfort is going to arrive into the island. You know what? The people of Puerto Rico is grateful.”….