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You responded immediately sir. We recognize that there are some logistical limitations that we have in Puerto Rico. We didn't have the ports open for a couple of days. We didn't have the airports open at full capacity until about a day or two ago. So, that was always a great limiting step.feedback
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Oct 19 2017
Ricardo Rossello has been quoted 124 times in 92 different articles. On this page, you will find all of Ricardo Rossello’s quotes organized by date and topic. Alongside each quote is a link back to the article where the quote was reported, so you can go back to the source for more context if you need it. Topics that Ricardo Rossello speaks about are Puerto Rico, U.S., and world, for example. Most recently, Ricardo Rossello was quoted in the article Donald Trump awards himself 10 out of 10 for Puerto Rico hurricane response saying, “But if you consider that we've gotten, even with those obstacles, we've gotten about 15,000 DoD [Department of Defense] personnel in Puerto Rico, about 2,000 Fema [Federal Emergency Management Agency] personnel, HHS [health and human services] and others. The response is there. Do we need to do a lot more? Of course we do and I think everyone over here recognizes there's a lot of work to be done in Puerto Rico. But with your leadership, sir, and with everybody over here we're committed to achieving that in the long run.”.
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Ricardo Rossello quotes

Oct 04 2017

We can't do anything about that in the short term.feedback

Oct 04 2017

That presumption of thinking of Puerto Ricans as your constituents might come true because of the massive exodus that it will provoke.feedback

Oct 04 2017

Think of Puerto Ricans as constituents of your own state. Think about it as a moral imperative because we are US citizens, but more importantly, we're all equal as human beings.feedback

Oct 04 2017

As far as the comment made about wiping the debt clean, that is the opinion of the president.feedback

Oct 04 2017

That is the president's opinion. I am concerned only with actions and not words. I am concerned with getting the people of Puerto Rico what they need.feedback

Oct 04 2017

We were not able to aggregate this complete set of data before. We were getting little bits of certified data, but after yesterday's effort, we have a more complete picture of what has occurred in terms of direct deaths due to the storm and indirect as well.feedback

Oct 03 2017

This is a united effort. We need to work together to overcome the many challenges we have here.feedback

Oct 02 2017

There is no cash on hand. We have made a huge effort to get $2 billion in cash. But let me tell you what $2 billion means when you have zero collection: it's basically a month government's payroll, a little bit more.feedback

Oct 02 2017

We've been increasing the number of gas stations that are open. We will be receiving more fuel supplies in the coming days. The flow is coming, gasoline is getting here. We have been able to reduce the time that it takes to get gasoline and diesel at different stations.feedback

Oct 01 2017

We still need to do much more.feedback

Oct 01 2017

My only focus right now is to make sure the people of Puerto Rico are well. I'm not paying attention to social media.feedback

Oct 01 2017

I recognize that right now, whether it's the gas line or the ATM line, we're limited. But if you see the numbers, you see there is a steady path to improvement. I personally went to Salinas with seven National Guard trucks full of food and water.feedback

Oct 01 2017

I saw it as a personal difference with the mayor of San Juan.feedback

Sep 30 2017

If Congress doesn't take action with a significant package, then we are looking at a possible humanitarian crisis. What are the effects of falling into that predicament? Massive exodus without a doubt.feedback

Sep 30 2017

Let me stress this: I am committed to collaborating with everybody. This is a point where we can't look at small differences and establish differences based on politics.feedback

Sep 29 2017

We are maximizing all of the resources that we have so that we can deliver goods, water food and supplies. We do have severe logistical limitations. It has been enhancing but it's still nowhere near where it needs to be.feedback

Sep 29 2017

Really our biggest challenge has been the logistical assets to try to get some of the food and some of the water to different areas of Puerto Rico.feedback

Sep 29 2017

You know, the gas and fuel issue is not a matter of how much do we have – it's a matter of how we can distribute it.feedback

Sep 28 2017

No generation has seen a hurricane like this since San Felipe II in 1928. This is an unprecedented atmospheric system. I want to remind you that the Emergency Management team will not be available to help you once the winds reach 50 miles per hour. We need to keep in mind that we must also protect the lives of these first responders. It's time to act and look for a safe place if you live in flood-prone areas or in wooden or vulnerable structures.feedback

Sep 28 2017

You have to understand that this is a devastation of an enormous magnitude, that our grid, our energy grid is completely destroyed. We are on an island so getting resources over here has been a rate-litigating step so we're working on it we're delivering food and water, we're making sure diesel gets to the people.feedback

Sep 27 2017

We expect them to waive it (the Jones Act).feedback

Sep 27 2017

That is critical, particularly for fuel. One of the considerations right now is the priority of getting fuel, diesel, gasoline, all across the island. Right now we have enough fuel. We're limited by the transportation logistics, but at some point of course, getting fuel into the island is going to be critical so that we can have the major functions of telecoms, hospitals, water, to be running appropriately.feedback

Sep 26 2017

My expectation is to rebuild stronger than ever. But clearly if this is not taken seriously ... Puerto Rico is going to collapse into a humanitarian crisis. There needs to be unprecedented relief for Puerto Rico so that we can start the immediate effort right now with the deployment of resources, but also the mid- to long-run recovery. If we have that, we can avoid a humanitarian crisis in the United States. But if we don't have that, you will see thousands, if not millions, of Puerto Ricans flocking to the United States. It would devastate our revenues. It would be a brain drain, most likely.feedback

Sep 26 2017

We need more help with people being deployed so that we can get logistical support elsewhere, and we need Congress to take action so that we can have an aid package that is real for the American citizens that live in Puerto Rico.feedback

Sep 26 2017

Puerto Rico, within the span of two weeks, received two Category 4, Category 5 hurricanes. That has never happened anywhere. The devastation has been enormous.feedback

Sep 25 2017

We need something tangible, a bill that actually answers to our need right now. Otherwise, there will be … a massive exodus to the [mainland] United States.feedback

Sep 25 2017

My action has been to order evacuation. I'd rather be wrong on that front than do nothing and having it fail and costing people their lives.feedback

Sep 25 2017

We have centers that will distribute water and food, we've already started getting shipments. Today, as a matter of fact, we had a million liters of water come in to Puerto Rico. We have half a million servings of food and other resources.feedback

Sep 25 2017

Some of the dam has fallen apart. Now we are making sure that we can assess if the other part will fall down as well. It represents a great danger for about an estimated 70,000 people.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Trump Presidency

We ask the Trump Administration and U.S. Congress to take swift action to help Puerto Rico rebuild.feedback

Sep 24 2017 - Twitter

We saw directly the damage to the Guajataca dam. The fissure has become a significant rupture.feedback

Sep 23 2017

We saw directly the damage to the Guajataca dam. We reinforce our request that people leave the area as soon as possible.feedback

Sep 23 2017

It's a situation that calls for immediate evacuation.feedback

Sep 23 2017

We don't know the details. This is not the moment to dwell on them – it's the time to get people out. The floods were coming at an unprecedented rate. It got to the point that it was going to overflow and the doors would open.feedback

Sep 23 2017

What is the risk? The risk is life. Faced with doubt, we want to identify, be able to evacuate and make sure that people are safe.feedback

Sep 23 2017

Beginning meeting with our mayors to know the most urgent needs and distribution of resources.feedback

Sep 22 2017

We still don't have a lot of information. We're virtually disconnected in terms of communications with the southeast part of the island.feedback

Sep 22 2017

Right now is not the time to figure out the details, we have to focus on getting people out as soon as possible.feedback

Sep 22 2017

The people of Puerto Rico are really being tremendous under these circumstances.feedback

Sep 22 2017

There's still some rain and, of course, the soils are saturated, so it's still not safe to go outside. We're still on emergency protocol and our main objective right now is making sure people are safe.feedback

Sep 22 2017

It's been hard to see infrastructure deteriorate in Puerto Rico, but it has been harder to meet citizens who have lost it all.feedback

Sep 21 2017

We still don't have a lot of information. We know there are severe damages along different rivers and reservoirs, and water has overflowed from riverbanks, causing flooding.feedback

Sep 21 2017

I haven't been able to reach my parents yet either.feedback

Sep 20 2017

Resist, Puerto Rico. God is with us; we are stronger than any hurricane. Together we will lift up.feedback

Sep 20 2017

This is going to be an extremely violent phenomenon. We have not experienced an event of this magnitude in our modern history.feedback

Sep 20 2017

We have not experienced an event of this magnitude in our modern history. Although it looks like a direct hit with major damage to Puerto Rico is inevitable, I ask for America's prayers.feedback

Sep 20 2017

We know that this hit is going to be much more devastating than the previous one.feedback

Sep 20 2017

If you are in a wooden house, your life is in danger.feedback

Sep 20 2017

Had no chance. There is no hurricane stronger than the people of Puerto Rico. And immediately after this is done, we will stand back up.feedback

Sep 19 2017

It's time to act and look for a safe place if you live in flood-prone areas or in wooden or vulnerable structures.feedback

Sep 19 2017

It is time to seek refuge with a family member, friend or head to a state shelter.feedback

Sep 19 2017

This is going to impact all of Puerto Rico with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations. We're going to lose a lot of infrastructure in Puerto Rico. We're going to have to rebuild.feedback

Sep 19 2017

Severe flooding is expected. We are urging that if you are in a dangerous area don't think it won't happen. Experts have told you today that the margin of error is very slim here.feedback

Sep 19 2017

No generation has seen a hurricane like this since San Felipe II in 1928. This is an unprecedented atmospheric system.feedback

Sep 18 2017

Seek refuge with a family member, friend or move to a state shelter, because rescuers will not go out and risk their lives once winds reach 50 miles per hour.feedback

Sep 18 2017

We have reports of complete devastation.feedback

Sep 18 2017

The danger continues - there are flood warnings for the whole of Puerto Rico. Stay in safe places.feedback

Sep 17 2017

The priority is to be prepared and save lives.feedback

Sep 17 2017

This has the potential of being a very big disaster.feedback

Sep 11 2017

Puerto Rico still has the wherewithal to be a tourist destination.feedback

Sep 11 2017

Some of the regions in Puerto Rico have already been determined to be a disaster area, so we will work with our funding, of course, but with the help of FEMA to restore balance and to rebuild again in Puerto Rico.feedback

Sep 10 2017

It's the lack of maintenance in our infrastructure. I don't want to point fingers, but the truth is it's been periods of over a decade with very little or no investment in the maintenance of our infrastructure, and that makes us more susceptible.feedback

Sep 07 2017

From the center of operations that we have over here in San Juan, there is pretty significant damage already done.feedback

Sep 07 2017

Our objective was and is to save lives. Now comes the evaluation of the damages and reconstruction.feedback

Sep 07 2017

Though this event was strong, it certainly could have had a greater impact.feedback

Sep 07 2017

The winds that we are experiencing right now are like nothing we have experienced before. We expect a lot of damage, perhaps not as much as was seen in Barbuda.feedback

Sep 07 2017

I have to start by thanking God, because although this was a strong event, it could have had a larger impact, and it is certain that the [prayers] of the Puerto Ricans and the people supporting them were heard.feedback

Sep 06 2017

There is no reason to be in the street.feedback

Sep 06 2017

We have to prepare for an event that we have never experienced here.feedback

Sep 05 2017

The decisions that we make in the next couple of hours can make the difference between life and death. This is an extremely dangerous storm.feedback

Sep 05 2017

Florida is known for preparing and doing a great job with disasters, [but] we have no idea what's in store. We'll have to pray for the best. The hope would be that this thing would dissipate and just go into the Atlantic, but we've got to prepare for the worst.feedback

Sep 05 2017

There is no positive sign that it's going to go in another direction. We're expecting that it's coming at Puerto Rico with force, and we've got to be ready for it.feedback

Sep 04 2017

Despite the economic challenges Puerto Rico is facing, the approved budget has $15 million for the emergency fund.feedback

Sep 04 2017

Current forecast models have Florida in Irma's path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians. While the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.feedback

Jun 13 2017

The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!feedback

Jun 12 2017

Statehood brings stability, allows us to have fewer rule-changes from Congress, provides resources to our people.feedback

Jun 12 2017

We will make sure this becomes an issue.feedback

Jun 12 2017

We have had US citizenship for 100 years, but it's been a second class one.feedback

Jun 12 2017

We have been a colony for 500 years, and we have had U.S. citizenship for 100 years, but it's been a second class one.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Whoever claims that statehood triumphed is being intellectually dishonest. The boycott defeated statehood.feedback

Jun 11 2017

An overwhelming majority voted for statehood. Today we are sending a strong and clear message for equal rights as American citizens. This was a democratic process and statehood got a historic 97 percent of the vote.feedback

Jun 11 2017

The federal government cannot ignore the results of this plebiscite and the will of our people. It would be quite ironic to demand democracy in other parts of the world but not in their own backyard. This is our home.feedback

Jun 09 2017

My commitment is when we have the vote, we will use our resources with the government to move forward. We wouldn't want a bailout. I'm no fan of bailouts. I think we need to assume responsibility for what's going on here. Statehood is much more than resources. Statehood is an equal playing field for U.S. citizens that reside on the island.feedback

May 03 2017

The PROMESA law allows us to take the debt restructuring to a special court.feedback

May 03 2017

It is my hope that the Government's Title III proceedings will accelerate the negotiation process.feedback

May 03 2017

We're going to protect our people. I'm not going to allow that to happen.feedback

May 03 2017

We have sustained our position to negotiate in good faith, but before the current scenario, we choose to protect our people.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Human Rights

The American citizens of Puerto Rico deserve to be treated fairly. Health and civil rights are not partisan issues.feedback

Apr 13 2017

Although it's an insult to offer Puerto Ricans the option of colonialism to resolve the serious problems we face, the opportunity to hold a plebiscite endorsed by the federal government is worth taking this step forward for the benefit of the people of Puerto Rico.feedback

Mar 09 2017

This doesn't need to be a battle. We need to remember who gets to pay the price if this gets done in an incorrect manner. And it's the people of Puerto Rico.feedback

Mar 09 2017

Every decision we take based on faulty data that affects the people of Puerto Rico is just unacceptable. We need to have a level head. We need to think about what the implications are.feedback

Mar 08 2017

I trust the board will give itself time ... and analyze the measures and data that it has been provided.feedback

Jan 29 2017

With this law we demonstrate to the entire world that Puerto Rico has credibility again.feedback

Jan 02 2017

The United States cannot pretend to be a model of democracy for the world while it discriminates against 3.5 million of its citizens in Puerto Rico, depriving them of their right to political, social and economic equality under the U.S. flag. Puerto Rico's recovery begins today.feedback

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