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no dream. there's no dream beyond your reach. you know that, right? talking to some very young people up front that you can't see. [ applause ] no matter who we are or where we come from, we are all americans and we are all bound together by our love for this country and for its flag and for each other. great love. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. thank you very much. in that same spirit of unity, togetherness and love, we are truly thrilled to have all of you right here at the white house. the white house. what a special place, right? you've read about the white house. you've heard. who was at the white house before? you have some of the congressmen that were. right, right. not too many. it's a very special place. but this is a celebration of
hispanic heritage month, right? it's a big deal. it's a great thing. from our earliest days, hispanic americans have enriched our country and helped shape our history. their contributions through the generations through art and music and literature, to science, scholarship and exploration, are extraordinary. the spirit and creativity that shines through hispanic heritage is woven in the very fabric of our great nation. our amazing hispanic-american communities embody our great american values of faith and family and security and hard work and freedom. their commitment to those values is why countless citizens of hit
panic descent have served in uniform to defend our country, our citizens and our flag. 60 hispanic-americans have been award the congressional medal of honor for their outstanding bravery in battle. did you know that? 60. that's a lot. that's a lot. a great, great medal of honor. did you say we have? oh. that's so fantastic. do you mind if i shake hands? i'll interrupt our speech. i want to shake hands with somebody. [ applause ]
i heard you were here. i'm glad i got to meet you. i heard you were here. the medal of honor, that's the big deal, right? that's the big deal. thank you for being here. we appreciate it. thank you. today we're grateful to have more than a quarter of a million hispanic-americans serving in our military. we salute all of those who defend our nation and who defend our way of life. each of you here today represents a vital part of the fabric of this nation and the nation that i love and that you love. you teach our children, you lead our churches, you protect our communities and you defend our nation. among you are leaders in government, faith and business.
fantastic people in this audience. i know some of them. belief me, they're very tough and they're very smart. sometimes they're too tough, but that's okay. have i to deal with it. i have to deal with it. fantastic people. in fact, today hispanic-american owned small businesses are growing at a tremendous rate, especially among our latinas. [ cheers and applause ] raise your hands. go ahead. that's tough to compete with, i will tell you. who are leading the way in starting new business. you're leading the way. you're leading the way. you guys better get going. and once we pass our historic tax reform plan, and we are having not only reform, we're having the largest tax cuts in the history of our country, the history of our country
[ cheers and applause ] does anybody in this room mind getting a massive tax cut? does anybody? does anybody object to paying less taxes? i don't see any hands. okay. but hispanic-american businesses and families will prosper like never before. this tax cut and tax reform is going very well and it's going to be a tremendous boost for our country. including the fact that we're the highest taxed nation in the world. we will go from that to being down on the lower rung of taxes. so, we'll be paying far, far less. that's very important for keeping our businesses and our jobs. we're working every day to secure a future of peace, prosperity and sovereignty for every american citizen. and we hope for a future of freedom and prosperity throughout the entire western
hemisphere. that's why my administration has taken the decisive action to stand with the people of cuba and venezuela. [ applause ] great people. great, great people. as i announced before a wonderful crowd in little havana earlier this year, we will not lift sanctions on the cue pan regime until it delivers political freedom for the cuban people. the same failed communist ideology that has brought oppression to cuba has brought nothing but suffering and misery everywhere and every place it has been anywhere in the world. communism is the past. freedom is the future.
[ cheers and applause ] we also stand with the people of venezuela who are suffering under the ruthless socialism of the maduro regime. we reject socialist oppression and we call for the restoration of democracy and freedom for the citizens of venezuela. [ applause ] many hispanic-americans understand very personally why it is so important for us to defend our nation. god-given freedom. we want the god-given. it's god-given freedom. and uphold the rule of law. our commitment to these values has been the source of america's prosperity, the foundation of our security and these values has made us a beacon, an
absolute beacon, to the nations of the world. as we celebrate hispanic heritage month, we're grateful for all of you who have contributed to our communities and for your continued leadership in america. with your help, we will strengthen our country's great foundations of faith and family and freedom, and we will build together one great american future. it's a tremendous honor have you all at the white house. i want to thank you. i want to god bless you. god bless the united states of america. god bless the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] and with that i'd like to welcome a very special person who is doing a tremendous job as
our secretary of labor, secretary acosta. alex, keep it up. keep it up, alex. thank you. thank you. >> mr. president, thank you. it's wonderful to be here in the white house celebrating hispanic heritage month with you, with the first lady and with so many friends, colleagues and guests. growing up in miami as the son of cuban immigrants, i saw firsthand the opportunities this nation offers. though my parents did not attend college, they worked hard. they worked incredibly hard to give me all those things they did not have -- >> president trump at an hispanic heritage month luncheon there at the white house. introducing his new secretary of labor, relatively new, alexander acosta. he also got a few plugs in for his administration there and the proposals that he has on the
table, including that tax plan of his. he said, would anybody in this room mind a massive tax cut? he got a bunch of cheers. important to remind people that the person in the room who would get the biggest tax cut in that plan is the president himself. "the new york times" estimating he could save $1 billion. he also talked about puerto rico saying this administration and the people of america will be with puerto rico for as long as it takes. he tabbed the 15,000 federal first responders that are down there. also important to note that at this time, after the earthquake in haiti, there were 32,000 federal first responders. that's not even an american territory. after katrina at this point, 31,000 first responders were down there. peter alexander joins us. he's at the white house. peter, last night and this is getting a lot of attention. last night the president called press pool in to do a photo spray of this dinner -- or this photo op of a dinner he was having with members of the
military and their wives. he said, you can call this the calm before the storm. reporters asked, what are you talking about? what storm? what calm? he said, you'll see. are we reading too much into this or is there something happening in the white house that we don't know about? >> it's a good question. not entirely clear the president's aides know exactly what the president was talking about. the president obviously not speaking about it there. the pregnanss secretary sarah huckabee sanders will take to the podium and i'm sure she'll be grilled on this question as well. there have been plenty of storms, as it were, around this white house, political storms. most notably the one surrounding the relationship between president trump and his foreign secretary, rex tillerson and lots of storms overseas, north korea, the threat posed by this country and-n advance of his trip to that region next month, and on iran it's our
understanding based on officials that the president is likely not to recertify the iran nuclear deal, in effect, kick it over to congress as this white house, after a comprehensive review tries to in the eyes of the administration better crack down on what they describe as the sort of destabilizing force that is iran. not just in terms of its nuclear ambitions but in terms of cyber security and its support of other terrorist activities around the globe. >> anything but calm in the white house lately. what about this rollback of contraception in this white house and the rules surrounding who does not have to give out contraception, what businesses? >> reporter: yeah, this is significant. it's another rollback of an obama-era policy, speck kaelt rollback of the most controversial elements of obamacare, which is the requirement that employers provide contraception coverage as part of their health
insurance plans. the contraceptive coverage be at no charge, with no payment required there. what this new rule does effectively allows for a great widening of the number of exemptions. not just based on religious grounds but moral grounds as well, which presumably would allow all sorts of companies, not just religious ones, but all types of organizations and companies to say, based on moral grounds, we do not want to be doing this, which could have an impact on million american women. 55 million american women benefitted by that element of obamacare, according to a study that was commissioned by the obama administration. already we've heard from planned parenthood, the leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists saying this is extremely disappointing. to be clear, it's not settled. this is a situation where the supreme court has yet to weigh in on it. i expect we'll see significant lawsuits on this topic again going forward.
>> peter alexander at the white house, thank you very much. for more let's bring in kathleen, columnist with the washington post, carol lee, an nbc news reporter who helped break the story about rex tillerson calling the president a moron, and jeremy peters, msnbc contributor and "new york times" reporter along with michael crowley, senior foreign correspondent with politico. jeremy, i want to go back to that calm before the storm comment from the president. let's take a listen to how he said it last night. >> this represents the calm before the storm. >> what storm? >> the calm before the storm. >> on iran? on what? what storm, mr. in the. >> we have the greatest military people. i'll tell you that and we're going to have a great evening. >> what storm, mr. president? >> you'll find out. >> give us a hint on your iran decision. >> thank you, everybody. thank you.
. >> you'll find out. jere jeremy, a lot of people went to bed last night wondering about that, wonder if something was about to happen in this country or is this just the president's penchant, his reality show penchant, i guess, for creating drama? >> exactly, keep the suspicion alive. one thing the president does not need at this moment is another storm. literal or figurative. he's dealing with a mess in puerto rico and the caribbean. a potentially catastrophic -- potentially very damaging storm headed toward new orleans right now with the resources of fema and the federal government already stretched as they are. he's dealing with a political crisis in his own administration, with rex tillerson and the increasing likelihood he leave his post, forced out, because he like so many other trump subaordinates
have been humiliated by the president. and you have a legislative storm brewing on capitol hill over this tax reform bill that even republicans are throwing down on, saying they don't know whether or not it's going to be as easy as they've led the public to believe. without a legislative win, of sorts, without any type of display of competency that they can run the government and pass the initiatives that they said -- they promised voters they would get done, they'll be heading for a reckoning coming 2018. >> just in this past week alone, carol, the president has lost one of his cabinet secretaries, tom price. he insulted the people of puerto ri rico, saying they weren't experiencing a real disaster and we havereporting that forced the secretary of state to come out and give a very public denial and now could result in the president losing his
secretary of state. i gets question is -- jeremy was talking about this, how could anybody describe this as calm? >> this has, as you outlined, and a number of other things that happened this week, this has been a remarkable week for the trump presidency. >> how many times do we say this, this has been a remarkable week for the trump president? i. >> a lot. >> sounds like every week there's a deluge of news, deluge of headlines that would have severely imperled anybody else had they been in office. it's like the campaign all over again but many higher stakes. it's been like this since he took over office. you know, so this is -- it's -- calm is relative now, right? and but what the president did last night, we've seen him before tease something, no one knew what he was talking about, but he did this particular time against a very serious backdrop. he wasn't just standing at some
event. he was standing with members of the military. so, to say that, standing with members of the military, it suggests there's some sort of -- there's some sort of military thing coming. what that is, i don't know. does it mean he's going to do some -- ramp up the fight against isis? does it have to do with the iran deal? is it north korea? but the white house -- this is the sort of thing that drives people capitol hill and foreign leaders a little crazy. it will be interesting to see how the white house -- >> it's not just those people, it's americans. when i wake up, it's what am i going to wake up to? let's focus on the island deal. we have an idea he's going to try to potentially dessert fi the iran deal. if he does do that, what does it mean? >> this are some interesting parallels here with repeal and replace in that trump and republicans on capitol hill have
been talking about tearing up this deal for years at this point. but they know that will huge chaos would result if that were the case. if trump decides not to recertify the deal, congress could potentially impose new sanctions. that imperil not only our negotiations with north korea, which you can be sure is carefully watching this whole ordeal to see if the united states is willing to keep its word on diplomatic arrangements, but also our relationships with our allies. remember, france, britain, germany, they have all said they believe iran is compliant at this point. they're not willing to renegotiate. >> you make a good point. if north korea doesn't believe we'll keep our end to any bargain, why would they enter into a deal with us? on the other end of the side, they haven't kept up with their end of the deal. it's a tricky situation. let's take a listen to defense secretary james mattis. >> do you believe it's in our national security interest at the present time to remain in
the jcpoa? that's a yes or no question. >> yes, senator, i do. i believe at this point in time, absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying with. >> the jcpoa is the long ak crow anymore for the iran deal. the president has rebuked his secretary of state before when he hasn't agreed with what he said or what diplomatic roots he's gone into. is there any sense he's going to be listening to somebody as experienced and well versed in what's going on around the world and how things could -- how pulling out of the jcpoa could impact world order? is going to listen to james mattis or the president wanting to stay true to something he campaigned on? >> i think he is listening to mattis. i think, in fact, you know, my
read of this is mattis is not going off the reservation there, even though a lot of coverage suggests this is a public split. i think katherine made this point already. if donald trump comes out and says, i am not recertified the iran nuclear deal, i'm declaring iran in violation, that is not actually what you would call tearing up the deal or withdrawing from the deal. that only starts under law a clock where congress has 60 days to decide whether it wants to reimpose the sanctions it lifted on iran in exchange for iran's nuclear program. it's not a given congress will reimpose those sanctions. this they do, that is, in effect, blowing up the deal, tearing up the deal. it looks like trump will say, i hate this deal, i'm not going to recertify it because i don't like iranian behavior. then is not going to spend any effort telling congress to reimpose the sanctions. indeed, behind the scenes or messaging, comments like from
mattis, the message from congress will be, don't put the sanctions back on iran. we're putting iran on warning, but not tearinging this deal up. mattis can say, we should stay in the iran deal and trump can come out and say, i'm dessert fiing the deal. it's still consistent as long as congress doesn't put on the sanctions. >> it's the same thing he did with daca? >> yeah, yeah. look, this -- this president has found a way to try to split the baby and get the politics the way he wants it and the policy on the other side is more complicated. >> i tried. it was congress that didn't follow up with their end of the bargain, which is basically how he can go back, i guess, and campaign on this idea of promises made, promises kept. finally, carol, does the state department have any voice in this whatsoever? >> we know rex tillerson has been among those that want the president to stick to recertify the iran deal. that was one of the points of friction over the summer when the president didn't really want
to do it a second time and rex tillerson was in there, among those arguing that he had to do it, he had to do it. it went very much up to the last minute. so they have a voice but whether or not the suspect going to listen, he doesn't appear like he's going to. >> guys, thank you so much for being here. happy friday to everybody. coming up on a completely different note, stephen paddock left a note. what his girlfriend told investigators about his behavior. that and banning bump stocks. but is that enough?
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no eevil on this earth is more powerful than the love and courage of the american people. all of america is praying for the wounded and the grieving, and we will be with them today and we will be with them forever. >> that was president trump a few minutes ago at the white house, talking about the mass shooting in las vegas. new details today in the investigation into sunday night's shooting rampage that
left 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured. the las vegkor another's officet has identified all those killed in the attack, including 36 women and 22 men. nbc's steve party son tterson i vegas for us. >> reporter: half a dozen days later, and i don't think investigators have said anything resembling a motive. that must be frustrating. they really don't have a manifesto. they don't have anything guiding them to what caused a man to do this. they have tidbits, one comes from pad dom's girlfriend, marilou danley. they've been speaking to her. she's been saying interesting things of late. she said pad dom had signs of deterioration of his mental health. he was staying up late at night and having night terrors and screaming, no, oh, my god. in talking to officials, she made it clear that was something
on her mind. meanwhile, the fbi said there's in no way that could have led to this situation. they're still combing through his electronic equipment. they found six devices. meanwhile, look at where we are here. this is probably one of the most incredible displays of memorials i've ever seen. the names of all 58 victims have now been released. in the mean tirnlgs the ensuing time, a person -- a retired carpenter from the chicago area, suburban chicago, created each one of these crosses to represent the victims. they are all individually personalized with each individual picture. some with religious notification, others with little accents about who they are, a cowboy hat, flowers, words of wisdom they left behind. we're starting to learn and we continue to learn a lot more about the victims and the spirit of people here who want to pay their respects.
>> steve, you're passing by one. is that michelle, the cross? as you were walking by, i was looking at the names on the cross and one was michelle -- >> yes, back here. >> an incredible story. >> let me show you down here. incredible story. i know you spoke to the person she met that helped her family identify and find her after she was killed. they met, obviously, bonded over beers and their love for country music. you had an incredibly emotional interview with him. this is her. obviously, denoting what she loved and who she represented. just one of the sad tributes here. inkred i incredible display for the victims here. >> gives me chills. thank you for bringing that to us. just a remarkable memorial there. steve patterson in las vegas. legislation banning bump stocks is gaining support in
congress. 12 of the weapons stephen paddock used in his massacre had bump stocks, that allow semi-automatic to behave like automatic weapons. let's bring in jackie rosen and dav david, among
co-sponsors of legislation that would ban bump stocks. congresswoman, your district includes las vegas. it's been five days since the shooting. what are you hearing and seeing from residents about the impact of that night and what do they want to see done? >> well, i can tell you that i have seen the most horrific massacre but i've seen the biggest kindness. i've seen our first responders, our medical teams, all of our community respond in amazing ways coming out to give blood, to give care, support in of way hospital, our casino, hotel industry. in the midst of this horrific
tragedy, i've seen the best of humanity. what everybody wants to see is for us to have these difficult conversations about finding out the causes of some of these reasons we're having this massive amount of gun violence
and having common sense conversations about how we can prevent anyone else from having this tragedy. love las vegas. it's been my home for over 40 years. we're known for doing a lot of big things. this is not the big thing we want to be known for. >> you talk about common sense solutions, congresswoman. is banning a bump stock enough of a common sense resolution to something like this? >> well, it's a start. and the thing is, we want to make it more difficult for people to turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon that can, i believe they said, the shooter was hitting nine rounds a second. that is only to murder people. so, we can put op that cbstacle
place to not allow someone do that amount of damage. >> according to stats out there, more people have died by gun violence in the last two days than died total in las vegas, just in the last two days. 47,000 shootings in this country, this year alone, 11,000 deaths. that includes gun violence, includes purposeful homicides, also includes accidents. a number of those are just children who happen to get ahold of their parents' guns in their house, guns parents brought in presumably because they were trying to make their family safer. congressman, i'm sorry, i just don't see how a ban on bump stocks really does a lot to impact what we see in this country and the amount of deaths we see from gun violence. yeah, this was a crazy person shooting at a field and it's horrific and terrible. sure, people shouldn't be allowed to use their guns as an automatic weapon, but that's like be -- i mean, that's trying
to heal the symptom but looking nothing at the cause. >> you're absolutely right. there are over 100 proposals pending in the congress of the united states that would significantly reduce gun violence in this country. and this is an opportunity, again, to encourage our republican colleagues to come to the table, to work with us in a bipartisan way to actually move some of those. i introduced the bump stock bill with 165 co-sponsors. this should be an easy one. there are a number of republicans who have expressed support for banning it. this allows to you turn a s semi-automatic into a machine gun, a weapon of death. so, this is an easy one. they should be banned right off the top. you're right, there's much more we need to do. we need to pass universal background checks, make it more difficult for people with serious mental illness to buy guns, keep the guns out of the hands of criminals. there are many good ideas but the not enough republican house
to move forward on any proposal. we had san bernardino, aurora, sandy hook, we have 30 seconds of silence and we say nothing and do nothing -- >> say a lot and do nothing. >> exactly. there are lots of good ideas but we've been unsuccessful in per swagd the house republican leadership to bring any bills to the floor for a vote. people want common sense gun safety proposals to come to reality. there are a lot of good ideas. we have to continue to press our republican colleagues to bring those bills to the floor. the bump stock is an easy, quick answer. we ought to do that quickly to show the american people we can get something done and then move on to universal background checks and a number of other really good proposals that can significantly reduce gun violence. >> let's be honest, hand guns kill more people in this country than a person with a bump stock on their semi-automatic weapons. there are horrific events but
handguns are what kill people in this country on a daily basis. congresswoman, brett stevens, conservative, "new york times" op-ed columnist had an interesting columnist saying the second amendment should be repealed. he argued the reason that democrats are so unsuccessful in getting any gun legislation passed is because no one believes democratic lip service when they talk about guns. they don't believe democrats really value the second amendment. he says if the democrats want to get anything done, they should go for what the democrats believe, which is the second amendment is not helping this country in any way and there should be a movement to try and change the constitution. repeal that amendment. it's not keeping anyone safer. >> well, i haven't read his op-ed but i'll tell you this, i support the second amendment fully. what i really to want see is a former systems analyst is we repeal that restriction on doing the analyses across the country
of causes of violence. let's say, for example, we find a leading cause for gun death is for domestic violence or abus s abusers. we can turn resources into helping victims, health education and support services. unless we do this analyses and we see what the causes are across the country, just like you were mentioning, so many deaths even in the past few days across the country, if we do this analyses, those analytics can lead us to each of our communities to find common sense solutions that may be different than what we think. i fully support the second amendment. i think we need the analyses to point us in the right direction. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you. as vice president mike pence prepares to tour the devastation in puerto rico, conditions on the island are still dire. coming up, we'll take you live to one of the rural areas
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access to rural areas has continued to delay recovery efforts for the struggling island. around half of puerto ricans have no drinking water. 90% have no electricity. and 42% of the island has no cell service -- or only has cell service. msnbc's marianna atencio is in puerto rico. >> reporter: people are trying to rebuild the island, about an hour outside of san juan, we were able to bring our cameras in, impedestrianed with a group of volunteer nurses from the mainland. they were shocked at what they saw. around 20 thousands people in that city with no power, no water. many families tell me it's been like that since irma. we were actually able to see these nurses at work. they were treating cancer patients, treating diabetics,
small children. they were yelling for someone to find a syringe. they needed an ambulance to take a woman to the hospital but one wouldn't be available until monday. the mayor tells us 60% of the infrastructure was damaged after hurricane maria. they assure me they have received no federal help or seen anyone from fema. let's listen to the counselwoman. >> thank you for being in my town. my town has been destroyed. a lot of people have lost their houses. they don't have food, they don't have water and the people are desperate because they need help. it's been a really bad time for us. the storm has destroyed everything, family, kids. we have people who are sick in bed. there's no way, nobody has come before to help us. >> how many trucks like this have you seen?
>> no, this is the first one. >> reporter: the governor of puerto rico did send out a press release saying they had visited one time in the past two weeks. the mayor said he hadn't received a satellite phone and wasn't receiving supplies. again, those images we just showed you, they're an hour away from san juan. no major roadblocks. we were able to get there fairly easy. can you just imagine other regions, two, three hours into the island, just much more remote and much more dire for the people there. >> the vice president and second lady will also be in puerto rico this afternoon. he's getting an aerial tour of the u.s. virgin islands. do we have any idea where he's going to be going when he's in puerto rico? the president went to a town outside of san juan. is he going to get further in? >> reporter: so, the vice president will land at the
international airport and then be briefed by fema right at the base. then he's going to a community church which is in san juan. so some of the criticism we heard on the ground after president trump's visit is he went to one of the more upscale neighborhoods here outside san january. the vice president is actually going to stay within san juan where a lot of the power has been restored, you get some cell service and it's a very different image from the countryside. >> we'll see if he tosses paper towels to the crowd. thank you very much. good luck down there. conditions are improving but basic needs like medical care, food and water are the difference between life and death for some puerto ricans. >> my husband has cancer. and i have to give him treatment. and i don't have anything to give him. please, from the bottom of my
heart, please help us. because we're -- we're dying here. we're -- we're not being able to find food, water. >> joining me now is fema's acting deputy administrator. daniel, thank you for joining us. can you give us an update on where the more rural areas in puerto rico stand? we just saw that woman saying she needs to get medicine for her husband. without power, it's very hard to refrigerator medicine. mariana was saying there are areas of the island that have only seen a visit once by government authorities and that things are still pretty desperate two weeks out. >>. >> yeah, absolutely. this is a very difficult situation for those survivors in the disaster area. its a challenge for responders to get into some of those areas. we're doing everything possible
to make sure that those that have been impacted by this disaster get the support they need. >> the focus has been to get commodities to the outlying area. we have commodities on the island but getting commodities to that last mile delivery is challenging. >> what about air drops? >> we are absolutely air dropping to those remote areas. two things, though. one is commodities -- one of our ten regional staging areas. from there, the local municipalities come in and pick up those supplies and deliver those goods to their communities. in in situations where the municipality cannot make it to the ten hubs we have the national guard stepping up to help. i can't see on the monitor here where those areas where, but i can say that we are aware of no municipalities that are not
getting the commodities they need, but i certainly understand that the last mile of getting from that -- one of the 78 municipalities down to those areas in need is a challenge. of course, two things additional. one, air drops, absolutely w helicopters, we're providing to those areas. two, to those areas very remote and very logistically challenging to get commodities and supplies in, we are asking for those disaster survivors to work with us, to go to shelters. now, some people may not wish to go to shelters. that's going to mean we're going to continue to have to deliver those splice, which -- >> can they get to shelters? the roads are impassable, rivers that have destroyed bridges. i mean, is it plausible to get everybody to shelters right now? >> let's not say everybody in shelters right now. but those that can get to shelters, we would like to have those disaster survivors be in those shelters where we can properly care and feed and provide medicine. if they wish -- if those
disaster survivors wish to stay in place, it's going to be very challenging for us. if there's no access to those areas, such as, as you mentioned, roads being washed out or bridges being taken out, we're doing everything possible positive get in those areas and stabilize that situation until we can get them into shelter. >> i have two more questions for you. one is, do you have enough people on the ground? after the earthquake in haiti, two weeks later there were 20,000 federal first responders down there. that's not even an american territory. do you have enough people down there trying to make sure that puerto rico is getting the help they need as quickly as they need it? >> yeah, we have over 17,000 civilian -- >> the president just said 15,000. >> if we're talking about puerto rico and the virgin islands, it's 17,000. puerto rico, you're right, 15,000, on the ground assisting those in need. you cannot compare it to haiti, first of all. we're talking about, unfortunately, 36 deaths, i believe right now, as a result of this disaster.
there were several hundred thousand in haiti. also the populations. think about this population is around 3 million. haiti, i believe, is 10 million. so, we're comparing apples and oranges. what the people of and oranges. what the people in the virgin islands need to know we're here for them, we're providing everything we possibly can and every day we're sending more and more resources, more and more personnel to meet the needs of those disaster survivors. >> i'm not sure the message is getting through to every puerto rican out there who still is crying and in desperate need of help of the basic necessities like refrigerating medicine for people who are sick. one other thing for you, daniel. you know, we keep a close eye on your website. and we notice that a couple key stats were removed including the data on access to drinking water and electricity, removed from the fema website. last we checked about half of the island still did not have access to clean drinking water. and 95% of the island didn't
have electricity. why were those stats removed from your website? >> well, it wasn't intentional and i can't say why they were removed. i think they're back up today. you're welcome to check that. but two, we're talking about public infrastructure. and we in the federal government are not responsible for monitoring that public infrastructure. in fact, the best source for public infrastructure data is on the puerto rican government website, status.pr. that's what i use. in fact, i have it on my phone right now when i want to check public infrastructure data. so we'll include that on our website. i think the website you're referencing is focused more on the federal response, how many federal employees were being deployed and commodities and such. but there's no intention to take it down. >> it was curious because it was there and then all of a sudden there was more favorable data on grocery stores and gasoline stations. >> that's not the case. >> okay. >> in fact, just because the data is getting better doesn't mean we're trying to manipulate it. in fact, if you look at the
website that i just mentioned,b. but it has nothing to do with whether it's on our website or not. the definitive source is the puerto rican government. >> all right. we're going to check the fema website and see when that data goes back up. daniel, thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. now the latest on another powerful storm headed toward the gulf coast. tropical storm nate is headed for the u.s. gulf coast where hurricane warnings are already up. evacuations are already underway in coastal louisiana and new orleans has declared a state of emergency. we'll be right back. to everyone else, i look like everyone else. but on the inside, i feel chronic, widespread pain. fibromyalgia may be invisible to others, but my pain is real. fibromyalgia is thought to be caused by overactive nerves. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i'm glad my doctor prescribed lyrica. for some, lyrica delivers effective relief for moderate to even severe fibromyalgia pain. and improves function.
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