When Hurricane Maria slammed into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 30, 2017, the Trump administration already had a relief plan in place.

To find out that the Left — Democrats, the media and their acolytes — are criticising President Donald Trump for doing nothing or not doing enough is maddening.

You’ll see Hillary Clinton’s criticism below. The media are hard at it, too: CNN, PBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic and many more outlets.

That people believe such rubbish because a) their minds are already made up or b) they are too lazy to search for the truth is equally infuriating.

President Trump was at the United Nations General Assembly last week. Regardless, the appropriate government agencies and departments were keeping him informed of Maria’s path and planned relief efforts.

On September 19, he tweeted:

The day Maria hit, everyone — including Trump — was watching:

I said in my post of September 21 that Puerto Rico’s dilapidated electricity grid collapsed. No one had power. Nor would they have power in the near future. Phone masts were — and continue to be — down, complicating communication.

Much of the island’s infrastructure — including ports and airfields — is ruined, making Maria’s strike catastrophic. This made rescue and relief efforts impossible in the immediate aftermath. It remains difficult today.

On Saturday, September 23, The Conservative Treehouse gave this update:

The U.S. military is the tip of the spear in attempting to get aid and supplies to the residents in coordination with FEMA and emergency officials. CTH had numerous conversations today with teams trying to get as much into the island as possible.

The leadership of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Expeditionary Strike Group 2, met with key leaders with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Puerto Rico National Guard to plan and coordinate for Hurricane Maria response efforts in Puerto Rico. The Department of Defense (DoD) is supporting FEMA, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort.

The day after the Marines and Navy landed, Hillary Clinton piped up:

That same day, The Conservative Treehouse detailed the efforts made thus far (emphases mine below):

The reality of Clinton’s disconnect is only exceeded by her jawdroppingly ridiculous undertones of division.  Obviously Hillary Clinton has no idea what is going on in Puerto RicoThe U.S. military have been leading FEMA rescue, relief and recovery efforts from the first moment the winds died down

Even before Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico the U.S. military, including the Navy, were mobilized in advanced preparation for what was predictedSEE HERE– …

The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard is working to open ports. There are hundreds of sunken vessels impeding navigation. The Navy and Coast Guard led recon missions to determine clear entry paths (rapid recon) and are RIGHT NOW guiding in relief ships through the waters surrounding the island.

The U.S. Marines are airlifting hundreds of tons of relief supplies via fixed wing and helicopter air missions. The U.S. response includes five warships, helicopters, cargo aircraft, National Guard troops and amphibious units as part of the relief operations …

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are the actual ground force opening the ports of destination and the airports. They reopened the major airport in San Juan to military relief flights on September 22nd and established the air-traffic command center.

The U.S. Coast Guard is dropping supplies and working from their base in Puerto Rico, and simultaneously coordinating with Dutch, British and French ships delivering relief supplies around St. Thomas and St. Croix

Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, told PBS on Tuesday, September 26, that he is very satisfied with the response from the United States. President Trump has spoken to him several times and the FEMA director has visited him twice:

Here is the governor himself:

San Juan’s mayor is also satisfied with relief efforts:

This FEMA page is dedicated to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Here are two recent articles from the Department of Defense on their efforts in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. The DoD also has a good set of pictures showing their work not only in the US Virgin Islands but also in Dominica.

In addition to government agencies, Florida’s governor, Rick Scott — a Republican — has placed the state’s National Guard and Wildlife Commission on standby to fly to Puerto Rico if Rossello formally requests their help.

President Trump will be visiting Puerto Rico and possibly the Virgin Islands on Tuesday, October 3. At his press briefing during the visit of Spain’s president Mariano Rajoy Brey on Tuesday, September 26, he said that he had spoken with Governor Rossello that morning. All federal agencies on Puerto Rico are doing their utmost in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria:

The Conservative Treehouse had an update that day on the US Coast Guard’s work and the tremendous uphill tasks they face in Puerto Rico. Critics should take note of this:

The majority of people who are providing media opinion on Puerto Rico recovery efforts really don’t have any understanding of the scale of the logistics involved when the impact zone is an island.

Hurricane Maria destroyed hundreds of vessels in and around the various PR ports making entry and exit into harbors a maze of submerged vessel and sunken debris avoidance. In addition, the ports’ infrastructure systems (power, utilities, docking equipment, pump stations, fuel depots, etc) were severely impacted, and in many ports 100% wiped out. Buoys, markers, harbor-lights, towers, all gone – completely destroyed.

Puerto Rico is an island, so bringing in relief supplies by cargo ship is the only way to deliver massive tonnage of supplies, heavy equipment and material needed to begin any restoration and recovery effort. Without ports those supplies cannot be offloaded. Especially think about fuel shipments. See the issue?

However, in a stunning feat of skill, ingenuity and determination the harbor entries have been mapped for navigable passage by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard while simultaneously the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been working on the land-based side of the port infrastructure

The U.S. Coast Guard has 13 cutters and 10 aircraft working on this mission and are working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Navy. Their ability to open these ports is a remarkable feat of logistics and speaks to the incredible coordination between the Dept. of Defense and FEMA.

That post also has a current update of the status of ports. A few are still closed. Some are open only during daylight hours. Others have restrictions.

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram reported on the dire situation Puerto Ricans are enduring:

Puerto Rico’s National Guard is responding. Their video shows the devastation:

In closing:

Everything that can be done is being done in Puerto Rico.

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