A mother desperately searching for her son in Puerto Rico, who she has been out of communication since Hurricane Maria, is begging President Donald Trump to do something instead of obsessing over the NFL.
During a heartbreaking interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Jacquie Gormley said that the last time she spoke to her son she told him to go into a room with no windows and hold on to his grandmother. That was eight days ago and now she’s worried about his severe asthma.
“He has an inhaler, which when I spoke to him on Monday, over the weekend, I said, ‘do you need know send you a new inhaler?’ He said ‘No Mom, I have enough until this blows over and you can just send it on Thursday.’ His nebulizer treatments are supposed to be every four hours, and especially when he’s in high humidity area or the heat is pretty high, it gets worse.”
She explained that the last thing she wants is to hear Trump tweeting about the NFL.
“I really don’t need to hear about who’s kneeling and who’s standing, that’s not what’s important right now,” she explained. “That’s not what we need to hear. He needs to just step up to the plate and be our fearless leader and handle this situation. It’s not — we’re not some — it’s not a third world country, and it looks like that’s where it’s headed to and he is not really doing what he it is supposed to be doing. He’s supposed to be there helping them and letting them get the services they need or at least funding them and not just taking his time to do so.”
She went on to say she wants to see Trump “do what’s right” and implores him to look within his heart and think about it as if it is his own son.
She said that she wishes there was something else she could do but that nothing has helped her get any answers. So far, she was able to speak with her cousin, who said the roads are so bad in places they’re impassable. As a result, they couldn’t get anywhere. Gas rationing is also so low that they wouldn’t be able to drive to him to check on the family.
It isn’t as if Gormley hasn’t gone through the proper channels for help. In fact, she’s gone through literally every place she can looking for her son.
“It feels horrible,” she said, nearing tears. “You don’t even know where to go. You pace back and forth. You wake up in the middle of the night thinking you missed a call or what did you miss? Get back on the computer. You know, I called every police station I can find on the internet in Puerto Rico and to no avail. I have written to [the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration]. I filled out forms just to get the generic letter five days later, ‘keep looking on our site for their name.'”
She explained that she’s filled out form after form, from PR Activate, to Google forms, Red Cross and FEMA forms. All have gotten her nowhere.
“I even called the phone number that Governor Christie put for families in New Jersey that have loved ones in Puerto Rico,” she said. “Only to get a live person to tell me, to give me a number, one says the Verizon customer you’re trying to call is not in service. And the other number is a voice mail that I have called about 25 times and have left a voicemail every single time. To just get no response. So, I e-mailed my congressman, I posted it all over facebook. I’ve joined every Facebook and Snapchat, Instagram, Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico, that’s out there just to try and get some information or just some word that, you know, ‘your son is fine.’ Anything.”