GOP lawmaker accuses CNN host of making up severity of Puerto Rico crisis

Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryGOP lawmaker accuses CNN host of making up severity of Puerto Rico crisis House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill Republicans assail DHS officials for focusing on climate change MORE (R-Pa.) on Thursday accused CNN host Chris Cuomo of making up information about the circumstances in Puerto Rico, which was battered by two hurricanes last month.

Perry spoke to Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day” after President Trump said in a morning tweet the military and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cannot remain in Puerto Rico “forever.”

“Mr. Cuomo, you’re simply just making this stuff up,” Perry said after the CNN anchor expressed concerns over the conditions, including the lack of power and water in the United States territory following the storms. 

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“How am I making it up? What am I making up?” Cuomo asked the congressman.

“If half the country didn’t have food or water, those people would be dying, and they’re not,” Perry responded. 

Perry then called on Cuomo to “quantify” the amount of water that should be provided to the people of Puerto Rico. 

“But what is enough?" Perry asked. “Quantify what is enough that will satisfy your network.”

The exchange between the CNN host and Perry comes amidst the ongoing recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

As of Saturday, FEMA estimated that 11.7 percent of Puerto Rico’s customers had their power returned.