Trump is defending his administration’s response as “fantastic,” after the death toll in Puerto Rico from last year’s hurricanes was increased to nearly 3,000.
At the White House, Trump said:
I think, Puerto Rico, we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico. We are still helping in Puerto the governor is an excellent job and very happy with the job we have done. We have put billions and billions of dollars into Puerto and it was a very tough one, don’t forget, their electric plant was dead before the hurricane. If you look back on your records, you’ll see that the plant was dead and was shut. It was bankrupt. It was out of business. They owed tremendous amounts of money. They had it closed up. And then when the hurricane came, people said, what are we going to do about electricity? That was not the hurricane, that was gone before the hurricane, but we’ve put a lot of money and a lot of effort into Puerto and I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we have done. Texas healed quickly. And the people were incredible. Florida healed quickly. And everybody worked very hard.
Puerto Rico was actually more difficult because of the fact it’s an island, it’s much harder to get things onto the island. With Texas, you’re land-based, with Florida you’re land-based, Puerto Rico was a difficult situation. I only hope they don’t get hit again because they were hit by two right in a row. And really the likes of which we have never seen before. But the people of Puerto Rico are great people, they work very hard. But Puerto Rico was by far the most difficult of the group. And, you know, right now FEMA and all of the people that worked so hard there, they were very brave. And they have done some job. But Puerto Rico had a lot of difficulties before it got hit. And we’re straightening out the difficulties even now.
San Juan Mayor Says Trump Neglect Killed Thousands In Puerto Rico
During a CNN interview, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz blamed Trump for thousands of deaths, “The administration killed the Puerto Ricans with neglect. The Trump administration led us to believe they were helping when they weren’t up to par, and they didn’t allow other countries to help us. Shame on President Trump.”
Trump killed thousands of people, but believes that he did a fantastic job
There is nothing fantastic about what Trump did. Puerto Rico really was Trump‘s Katrina. Notice that nowhere in the president’s remarks today was a promise that the United States government would be there for Puerto Rico. Trump was more interested in shifting blame than being presidential. Trump‘s neglect is the reason why thousands of American citizens are dead. That isn’t fantastic. It is a crime worthy of congressional investigation.
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