GOP Congressman: CNN is ‘Making Up’ Puerto Rico Crisis, People Aren’t Dying

Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) just claimed that CNN was fabricating the desperate conditions of Puerto Rican Americans who are currently struggling without electricity, food, and water.

Perry appeared on the news network to defend President Trump’s latest volley of troubling tweets, during which he blamed Puerto Rico’s troubles on their own poverty-stricken infrastructure and implied that FEMA would leave before the crisis was over.

The congressman appeared on CNN’s “New Day” after Donald Trump tweeted, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

“Does every single person have to have power the next day,” Perry shouted, painting a picture of the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria with such tame examples as, “If the water gets there 5 minutes late, is that a crisis?”

An estimated 60% of Puerto Ricans don’t have access to drinking water, and at least a few have died from attempting to drink contaminated water. The EPA has said that it has “reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste superfund sites in Puerto Rico.”

When Cuomo attempted to cite some of these statistics, Perry took a page out of Trump’s playbook and accused him of fake news.

“Mr. Cuomo, you’re simply just making this stuff up,” Perry said.

“How am I making it up? What am I making up?” Cuomo replied.

“If half the country didn’t have food or water, those people would be dying, and they’re not,” Perry claimed.

As of today, the death toll in Puerto Rico has risen to 45, with 113 people still unaccounted for. Many of these deaths happened long after the hurricane, due to lack of access to lifesaving supplies.

FEMA, for its part, is not defending Trump’s threats to withdraw support. Shortly after Trump’s tweet, FEMA’s deputy director of public affairs tweeted the following:

Full video of Perry’s berating of Cuomo can be seen below: