White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney walked back Trump’s promise to erase Puerto Rico’s debt by telling the American people that they shouldn’t believe word for word what the President says.
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Mulvaney was asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo if Trump’s suggestion of erasing Puerto Rico’s debt should be taken seriously at its face. Mulvaney answered, “I wouldn’t take it word for word with that. I talked to the President at some length yesterday as we flew home on Air Force One yesterday, and what we’re focusing on right now is what you and I just talked about. The primary focus of the federal effort is to make sure that the island is safe and that we’re rebuilding the island.”
The message to the American people is clear. Trump doesn’t know what he is talking about, so when he opens his mouth, no one should take him seriously. The United States has a president whose words mean nothing. The President can’t make policy because he doesn’t understand issues or how government works. Trump says whatever will get him applause and love from any room that he is in.
The crisis of non-governance has paralyzed this country under Republican leadership didn’t begin with Trump, but this president is the epicenter of the dysfunction.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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