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

Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryConservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump's rationale for census question Pennsylvania state official launches Democratic challenge to GOP rep in district carried by Trump Lawmakers push to block pay raises for members of Congress MORE (R-Pa.) on Thursday accused CNN host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Cuomo spars with Kris Kobach over whether Trump's tweet was racist Harris on Biden civil rights record: 'Not going to allow us to engage in revisionist history' Biden talks about son's struggles with mental illness, substance abuse MORE 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. 


“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.