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Sen. Blumenthal Calls For Probe Into Trump’s ‘Failing’ PR Response: ‘Americans Are Facing Devastation and Death’

Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, raked President Donald Trump over proverbial coals this morning, calling the administration’s Puerto Rico relief efforts “faltering and failing” due to a lack of presidential “leadership.”

While appearing on CNN’s New Day with Alisyn Camerota, Blumenthal demanded an investigation be launched into the federal government’s controversial assistance efforts to the US territory. The senior senator from Connecticut also demanded a “disaster relief czar” be put in place to turn the failed aid endeavors around.

Blumenthal’s full comments went as follows:

“I’ve called for an investigation of the faltering and failing relief efforts there, but I’ve also called for a disaster relief czar who can offer better management and leadership. Today, I’m writing to the Center for Disease Control about exactly that problem… About people drinking from hazardous waste sites but also the danger of mosquito borne disease epidemics. There are standing pools of water I saw when I visited Puerto Rico about a week ago. I also saw whole towns destroyed.”

As for his proposed investigation, Blumenthal wants to find out whether or not enough people were put on the ground to properly carry out relief efforts, and to see if resources were distributed in an efficient and responsible manner.

“Trump is saying mission abandoned not mission accomplishment, fellow Americans are facing devastation and death,” said Blumenthal.

Over the weekend, the senator penned a statement to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth urging the official to carry out an “immediate investigation into the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.”

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