Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera confronted San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Sunday, asking her about her claims that people were “dying.”
The mayor claimed, “There are people at all municipalities literally starving, dehydrating. We have had our hospital try to go back to speed but then the electricity goes off and we have to do all the bacteria testing, which takes three to four days.”
Rivera said, “But are people dying? I’ve been traveling around, I don’t see people dying. I spoke to the doctors, they say they saw 53 patients and they had a person who was septic, but nobody dying.”
Cruz responded, “Dying is a continuum. If you don’t get fed for seven, eight days and you’re a child, you are dying. If you have 11 people like we took out of a nursing home, severely dehydrated, you are dying.”
The Fox News reporter followed up after the video interview, stating, “More houses destroyed, not people killed–the Mayor’s wrong about that.”
“The death count was 16 a week ago. It remains 16 today. People are not dying. That does not mean that they have all the supplies they need. That does not mean that this power company, this corrupt inept power company should not be hounded,” he added.