Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló: We Need All Hands On Deck | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>>TO CALL WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PUERTO RICO A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. THE LEVEL OF DECEMBER SEPARATION IS GETTING THERE. SHE’S LUCKY SHE LIVES IN THE GREATER METROPOLITAN AREA. IT MIGHT BE EASIER TO GET SUPPORT. I THINK OF EVERYBODY ELSE WHO DOESN’T HAVE THAT. THE SENSE OF NOT HAVING — I CAME HOME AND I’M LIKE I CAN TAKE A SHOWER AND THERE’S WATER AVAILABLE TO ME. THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED. OUR HOUSE WAS SOMEWHAT COMPROMISED. SHE DOESN’T FEEL SAFE BEING THERE RIGHT NOW, AND WE HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT. AND SHE’S STAYING WITH SOME FRIENDS WHO HAPPEN TO LIVE IN AN 11 STORY BUILDING. NOBODY HAS ELECTRICITY. IT’S CHALLENGING.>>THAT WAS THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER YESTERDAY SPEAKING ABOUT HER MOTHER WHO IS IN PUERTO RICO FOR WHAT’S BEING CALLED A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS THAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE MARIA. JOINING US RIGHT NOW THE PUERTO RICO’S GOVERNOR. GOVERNOR ROSSELLO, THANK YOU FOR BEING US. RIGHT NOW, A STATUS REPORT ON WHERE YOU ARE. HOW MUCH AVAILABLE DRINK WATER IS THERE? WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?>>WELL, WE HAVE 34 OUT OF THE 69 HOSPITALS UP AND RUNNING. WE HAVE A LOGISTICAL STRATEGY TO GET DIESEL. THE WHOLE POWER GRID WENT DOWN IN PUERTO RICO. WE’RE HAVING TO DO OUR TURNS. WE HAVE ABOUT 4 MILLION LITERS OF WATER THAT HAVE BEEN HOISTED INTO PUERTO RICO. WE EXPECT ABOUT 7.6 MORE TO BE COMING IN. REALLY, OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE HAS BEEN THE LOGISTICAL ASSETS TO TRY TO GET SOME OF THE FOOD AND SOME OF THE WATER TO DIFFERENT AREAS OF PUERTO RICO. I CAN SAY THAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH FEMA CLOSELY SO WE CAN DEPLOY THOSE MISSIONS AND BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TODAY, WE IMPACTED AT LEAST 50 MUNICIPALITIES TO GET THEM FOOD AND WATER AND TRIED TO WORK WITH THE DIESEL AND FUEL DESCRIPTION.>>WE’RE EIGHT DAYS NOW SINCE MARIA MADE LAND FALL. THERE ARE REMOTE AREAS OF PUERTO RICO AND OTHERS THAT AREN’T REMOTE THAT HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET RELIEF. WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD FROM THE OUTLYING AREAS AND WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET THE LOGISTICS MOVING? WE SAW VIDEOS OF SAN JUAN, TRUCKS SITTING FULL THAT CAN’T GET TO WHERE THEY NEED TO GO, FULL OF RELIEF SUPPLIES.>>RIGHT. WELL, WE NEED TRUCK DRIVERS. SIMILAR TO EVERYBODY IN PUERTO RICO, A LOT OF TRUCK DRIVERS GOT DISCONNECTED. WE’RE WORKING WITH A LOWER LEVEL OF HUMAN RESOURCE ON THAT FRONT. IT’S GETTING BIGGER. WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE CALLS BY RADIO SO THAT TRUCK DRIVERS CAN CHECK IN. IT’S INCREASING. WE’RE WORKING ON THE EFFICIENCY. WE’VE ALSO ASKED THE DOD TO SEND SOME SPECIAL TROOPS SPECIFICALLY FOR TRANSPORTATION, FUEL DEPLOYMENT, FOOD DEPLOYMENT, MEDICAL HELP, ENGINEERING, AND SO FORTH. SO IT IS INCREASING, AND LET ME SAY WE’VE BEEN FLYING ALL ACROSS THE ISLAND, IDENTIFYING THOSE REMOTE AREAS THAT YOU TALK ABOUT, MAKING SURE WE HAVE RESCUE MISSIONS. WE’VE RESCUED OVER 5500 PEOPLE IN THE PAST EIGHT DAYS. SO THERE IS AN ONGOING EFFORT. FOOD IS BEING DELIVERED AND WATER. IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH TASK, AND WE WANT TO GET BETTER AT IT. BUT CERTAINLY THE FOOD IS HERE. THE WATER IS HERE. WE WELCOME MORE HELP, BUT CRITICALLY WHAT WE NEED IS EQUIPMENT, HUMAN RESOURCE, WHETHER IT BE NATIONAL GUARD, STATE GUARD. AND AS IN THE CASE WITH THE PRESIDENT, GOVERNORS HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL IN RESPONDING TO PUERTO RICO. RECOGNIZING THAT THIS HAS BEEN A DISASTER LIKE NO OTHER IN OUR ISLAND. TWO BACK TO BACK HURRICANES, CAT 4, CAT 5, PASSING THROUGH PUERTO RICO, AND A POWER GRID COMPLETELY LOST. TELECOMMUNICATIONS LOST AND THE FINAL COMPONENT THAT PUERTO RICO DIFFERENT TO FLORIDA OR TEXAS REALLY HAS NO NEIGHBORING STATES THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY DRIVE TO THERE AND GIVE QUICK AID. WE NEED TO FLY ASSETS HERE AND BRING THEM BY BOAT. THAT’S BEEN THE BOTTLE NECK.>>GOVERNOR, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS THAT ARE WATCHING YOU THIS MORNING? WHAT CAN THEY DO THAT WOULD HELP YOU AND THE PEOPLE THAT YOU REPRESENT ON THE ISLAND THE MOST?>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, JOE, RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND THAT WE ARE PROUD AMERICAN CITIZENS. PUERTO RICANS HAVE BEEN SERVING THE ARMED FORCES AT A HIGHER PER CAPITA RATE THAN ALMOST ANY STATE IN THE NATION FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS. AS RECENT AS WHEN HARVEY HIT TEXAS, WE SENT RESCUE TEAMS OVER TO TEXAS. WHEN IRMA HIT THE ISLANDS, PUERTO RICO BECAME THE SUPPORT BASE, AND WE SUPPORTED THE SHELTER OF ABOUT 4,000 U.S. CITIZENS THAT DIDN’T HAVE FOOD, A PLACE TO STAY. WE RESCUED THEM, GOT THEM OVER HERE TO PUERTO RICO, AND ESTABLISHED A PATH FORWARD TO THEIR ORIGINAL DESTINATION, SO WE’RE VERY PROUD, AND WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW IS THE BIGGEST EVENT OF DEVASTATION IN THE MODERN HISTORY OF PUERTO RICO. IT’S A PERFECT STORM, IF YOU WILL. THE GRID IS COMPLETELY OUT. OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THINGS DEPEND ON ENERGY. RADIO IS MOSTLY DOWN IN THE AREA. WE HAVE AN ISLAND SO ASSETS ARE HARDER TO BRING BY. THE AIR TRAFFIC IS CLOGGED. SO THE BAND WIDTH OF AIRPLANES IS LOWER. WE NEED ALL HANDS OWN DECK. WE MAKE THAT PLEA. LET ME STATE I RECOGNIZE THIS IS A COMPLEX SITUATION, AND WHAT WE WANT TO EVERYBODY TO BE HELPING. I CAN SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN VERY DILIGENT. HE HAS BEEN ESSENTIALLY TALKING TO US EVERY DAY AND THE WHITE HOUSE AS WELL. GOVERNORS AND SENATORS HAVE PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT. GOVERNOR CUOMO TODAY JUST SENT HIS FIRST CONTINGENCY OF STATE TROOPERS, NATIONAL GUARD, GOVERNOR CHRISTIE WHO JUST CALLED ME, THAT HE HAD HIS CONTINGENCY READY, AND WE HAVE ABOUT OTHER 13 STATES COLLABORATING AS WELL.>>THAT’S GREAT.>>OUR PETITION RIGHT NOW IS TO HELP WITH THE ASSETS WE NEED IN THE SHORT TERM, BUT ALSO TO MAKE SURE THAT IN THE AID PACKAGE, PUERTO RICO IS CONSIDERED EQUALLY. THAT WE GET THE FUNDING NECESSARY TO REBUILD, THAT WE GET THE FLEXIBILITY BECAUSE OF PUERTO RICO’S FISCAL SITUATION. WE’RE GOING TO NEED MONEY TO OPERATE GOVERNMENT AND THE EMERGENCY THAT WE QUITE FRANKLY DON’T HAVE IN THE BOX. AND THAT WE GET 100% WAIVER. THE PRESIDENT SIGNED A 100% WAIVER FOR SIX MONTHS. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG REBUILDING PROCESS.>>GOVERNOR, PUERTO RICO’S GOVERNOR, RICARDO ROSSELLO, THANK YOU. IT’S THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. THESE ARE OUR PUERTO RICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AMERICAN CITIZENS. WE’LL TAKE CARE

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7 thoughts on “Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló: We Need All Hands On Deck | Morning Joe | MSNBC

  1. General Honore on what should happen! I'm glad he called DOD, now ask for clearance to do what it takes! Not just money for the government to run! Nt the right note to end on… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=ywpb1i-oB5Q

  2. In the past trump has turned angry and vindictive towards wealthy people who have not rushed to his aid in "his" time of financial crisis. He is under the impression that people have an obligation to bail him out just like his father did when he was alive.

  3. He got a very important stat wrong, Puerto Ricans have been going to American wars since War World I. WTH? Get your facts straight, you are the governor.

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