WATCH: Pence’s photo op with Puerto Rico survivors gets awkward as hurricane victim chastises him
A Hurricane Maria victim from central Puerto Rico chastised Vice President Mike Pence for the administrations attempts to spin the disaster.
“Don’t go to San Juan. Go inside the country, like where I live. I live in Naranjito, that’s inside the country,” Everlinda Burgos told Vice President Pence. “Right now, inside the country is where you’re going to see the disaster. Where you can’t — there’s towns you can’t go in.”
Burgos also disputed President Donald Trump’s contention that Puerto Rico officials should “be very proud” the death toll was only sixteen.
“You don’t know the people that has (sic) died there because they don’t know, they don’t have no communication. You know? So, right now they say 18 people died,” Burgos explained. “No, no, no. We have more people died. But we don’t have no communication. So, go in.”
A woman off-camera corrected, noting the death toll had been updated to thirty-four.
“Thirty-four today. Right now, that’s what they say outside,” Burgos repeated.
“Good to talk,” Pence replied to her focus on the rising death toll.
“I would like yous to go to the center,” Burgos requested.
“Okay,” Pence agreed.
“Because that’s where the disaster is,” Burgos reminded.
“You’ll be fine, your son, your family, and then you’ll be able to go home, right?” Pence asked.
“I hope so,” Burgos replied, with a nervous laugh.