The president has been trying to convince the world that he cares about Puerto Rico after his clear disregard for every single person in the American territory in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Many ravaged areas were without power for months, and some places never got powered restored at all. After a devastating almost 3,000 people were killed by Maria in Puerto Rico alone, Trump went into his typical deflecting attack mode.
In the days before yet another devastating tropical storm hits the state of Florida, Trump begins to reminisce of his first hurricane experience as president, even tweeting some extremely fake news so that people will think he’s a good person.
Trump tweeted this just days ago:
Wow! Yet another big storm heading to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end? Congress approved 92 Billion Dollars for Puerto Rico last year, an all time record of its kind for “anywhere.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019
Now, a newspaper is Puerto Rico is calling the president out for his blatant lie about the amount of money that Puerto Rico has received from the U.S. government. The headline of the paper reads, “Mr. President: Your Numbers Are Fake.”
The front page goes on to explain the reality of the situation:
“Although some politicians in Puerto Rico have indeed mismanaged funds and have let their constituents down, Mr. Trump’s claims about the amount of money that has actually been assigned to the island are incorrect.”
— El Nuevo Día (@ElNuevoDia) August 30, 2019
USA Today has the real numbers, and they are nowhere near what the president is claiming. The outlet reported:
“Congress has approved about $42 billion for Puerto Rico recovery after the island was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The newspaper reported that Congress, along with the executive branch, has allocated the country a total of $49.4 billion with $20.5 billion paid out so far.”
The responses that El Nuevo Dia got on their post speak volumes of how angry people are about this. We saved all of the responses for you below:
USA Today continues:
“As of mid-July, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had only given the green light on nine projects out of some 10,000 schools, bridges and other damaged sites dotting the island since the hurricanes.”