During a scheduled trip to survey the damage to the island of Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump found 50 ways to pat himself on the back and threw more blame on the citizens of the U.S. Territory for their plight following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
In what can be categorized as one of the most callous remarks ever made by a leader, Trump blamed residents of Puerto Rico for throwing his budget “out of whack.”
‘I hate to tell you Puerto Rico but you are throwing our budget out of whack.’
When that comment fell flat, Trump quickly followed it with:
‘We spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that’s fine. We saved a lot of lives.’
CNN tried to play it off as a joke, but there seemed to be no joking tone in Trump’s voice and if it was a joke, it was really inappropriate for a world leader.
The hurricane devastated the island and has caused 16 deaths so far. Parts of the island have not been fully accessed yet. People in the U.S. are still trying to contact loved ones on the island. While the Army and other units assisting in the clean-up efforts have made great strides, there is still much work to accomplish before the island is ready to stand on her own again. With wavering levels of support from the Trump administration, relief efforts could take much longer than they should, which endangers more lives.
After savaging San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Twitter last week and blaming Puerto Rican residents for not doing enough to help themselves, Trump was given sunshiny reports from all his people about how well the efforts are going. There is a huge gap between what he was told at the press conference and what the world is seeing in tweets from people that actually live on the island.
On the death toll of 16, Trump remarked that PR should be “very proud” because “thousands” were killed during Hurricane Katrina. Be proud that 16 people lost their lives in a storm? That is almost as bad as when he said that the shooting in Las Vegas was “in many ways a miracle.”
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