Fox News' Geraldo Rivera Tells San Juan Mayor He Doesn't 'See People Dying' in Puerto Rico

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera seems to be taking marching orders from the president's Twitter feed. He inexplicably tried to criticize the mayor of San Juan in an interview about humanitarian needs.

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told Rivera, "There are people at all municipalities literally starving, dehydrating."

Rivera had a bizarre question: "But are people dying?"

He made it worse by adding context. “I’ve been traveling around, I don’t see people dying," Rivera said. "I spoke to the doctors, they say they saw 53 patients and they had a person who was septic, but nobody dying.”

Cruz tried to explain that dying is a process. "If you don’t get fed for seven, eight days and you’re a child, you are dying," she said. "If you have 11 people — like we took out of a nursing home — severely dehydrated, you are dying."

Rivera tried to suggest that the mayor was playing politics and cast doubt on her honesty again in his post-interview commentary.

Watch the interview below.

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