President Donald Trump continues to desperately push for somewhere solid for his ego, even as the United States deals with crises like Hurricane Dorian. This Saturday morning, he took to the platform to offer an unsettlingly self-centered statement in response to Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who’d thanked the United States for helping with their own devastating impacts from the storm. Yet again proving his commitment to following wherever his ego leads, Trump at one point took personal credit for lowering the death toll in The Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian — as if that’s the main issue here in any of this. While casualties still lie unburied, Trump is making the situation about him.
He eventually redirected attention to the federal agencies actually responsible for the assistance delivered to the people of The Bahamas, but not before he tweeted, in part:
‘Thank you to Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis for your very gracious and kind words in saying that without the help of the United States and me, their would have been many more casualties. I give all credit to FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, & the brave people of the Bahamas.’
Trump also thanked Doug Manchester, a businessman who he at one point nominated to be the U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, although that nomination has yet to proceed to apparent actual confirmation. Manchester has no real personal connection to The Bahamas besides owning a house there at one point; he’s a real estate developer who’s for years been a passionate supporter of Trump and what he stands for.
The Bahamas’ Prime Minister Hubert Minnis did, in fact, thank the U.S. for their support, even if he didn’t engage in the egomania Trump put on display. He shared in a CNN interview:
‘From day one, the United States was in our territory assisting us with all of our needs. Had it not been for the United States we would not have been advanced this far in the entire process… had the United States not come in quickly… our death numbers would be even more.’
Since the day does end in y, Trump also shared antagonism of the media, this time zeroing in on a couple of people at The Washington Post. He flipped, claiming that The Washington Post‘s Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker “shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE.”
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