It’s a well known fact by now that the president is severely lacking when it comes to actually being able to speak like a respectable adult — but he continues to rub his utter incompetence in our faces anyway.
The Trump Administration has been widely criticized for an ineffective response to the massive Hurricane Maria having hit Puerto Rico, having taken days to take basic steps to aid the island. On Friday, the president addressed some of this criticism in remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers — and some of his initial comments have observers shaking their heads.
Trump has, in the past, pointed to Puerto Rico’s relative isolation, geographically speaking — it’s an island — in an effort to offset criticism of the speed with which the mainland U.S. has delivered aid to Puerto Ricans. He rehashed this defense in his remarks — and it didn’t exactly go well.
‘All appropriate departments of our government from homeland security to defense are engaged fully in the disaster and the response and the recovery effort — [the scope of the response has] probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island, surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.’
The people of Puerto Rico are no doubt uninterested in your third grade level description of their home, Mr. President.
As mentioned, these remarks aren’t even the first time that objectionable comments have made their way out of the Trump Administration relevant to Puerto Rico.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke called Puerto Rico a “good news story” while speaking to reporters outside the White House earlier this week — and the mayor of San Juan responded to those comments on live national television by shaking her head and asserting that no, this is not a “good news story,” rather, it’s a “people are dying story.”
The White House lifted shipping regulations that make supplies in Puerto Rico cost much more than necessary earlier this week — but they only lifted those regulations for ten days. The recovery efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing, with the island suffering one of the largest impacts from a hurricane in U.S. history, having sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.
Watch the president’s comments below.
Pres. Trump: Gov’t “engaged fully” in Puerto Rico recovery effort: “Probably has never been seen for something like this- this is an island” pic.twitter.com/EOA5djGIhg
— ABC News (@ABC) September 29, 2017
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