Opinion Trump to Puerto Rico: It's your own fault

21:03  12 october  2017
21:03  12 october  2017 Source:   CNN

Schumer to Trump: Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm

  Schumer to Trump: Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) ripped President Trump on Tuesday after he appeared to joke that Puerto Rico recovery efforts had "thrown our budget a little out of whack.""Mr. President, enough. Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track. That's your job as president," Schumer told reporters during a weekly leadership pr"Mr. President, enough. Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track. That's your job as president," Schumer told reporters during a weekly leadership press conference.

Instead, Trump turned it into an opportunity to congratulate himself and the federal government' s response to the disaster and to say the island should be “very proud” of its low official death count. "We have gone all out for Puerto Rico ," Trump said during the televised briefing Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON, DCU.S. President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DCU.S. President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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What did Puerto Rico ever do to Donald Trump? On Thursday morning, the tweeter in chief struck again, and it wasn't pretty. It showed a shocking lack of compassion, if not outright heartlessness toward the Americans suffering on the island.

Around 6:50 a.m., Trump tweeted, "Puerto Rico survived the hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making, says Sharyl Attkisson." Attkisson is a journalist with a show on the Sinclair Broadcast Group, but that is beside the point.

Death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria more than doubles to 34

  Death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria more than doubles to 34 <p>The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has more than doubled to 34, a spokesman for Governor Ricardo Rosello said on Tuesday.</p>The worst hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in more than 90 years directly killed 19 people, said Pedro Cerame, the governor's director of communications in Washington.

The article you requested was not found. Feds rush aid to Puerto Rico , while Trump tweets about debt.

President Trump is getting a lot of blowback on Twitter after he decided to weigh in on Puerto Rico ’s devastation by commenting about the island’s debt and infrastructure problems. It ’ s been five days since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico

In another tweet Thursday morning, Trump decried the "lack of accountability" and noted that the island's infrastructure was "a disaster" before the hurricane.

He seemed to be attempting to quote the governor, while at the same time absolving himself of accountability for this crisis.

But let's be clear: If there is a "lack of accountability," Trump should fix it, by ordering the Department of Homeland of Security (which oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to remedy the situation. And mentioning that Puerto Rico's infrastructure was in bad shape before Hurricane Maria sure seems like a way to deflect blame for conditions now.

The President's next tweet about the Puerto Rico crisis was the worst: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

Trump says Puerto Rico's debt will have to be wiped out

  Trump says Puerto Rico's debt will have to be wiped out <p>President Donald Trump said on Tuesday while on a trip to Puerto Rico to observe hurricane recovery efforts that the island's massive debt will have to be wiped out.</p>"They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street and we're going to have to wipe that out. You're going to say goodbye to that, I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs but whoever it is you can wave goodbye to that," Trump said in an interview with Fox News.

Tweets are my own . Bay Area, California. Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico , which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.. Speaking of Trump and Puerto Rico , @PeterGleick has thoughts, too.https

Without extra money, Puerto Rico will stay in the dark. Trump needs to push Congress to get it . Trump is blaming Puerto Rico for its own problems. Not only is Trump barely doing enough for Puerto Rico , he’ s essentially argued that Puerto Rico is at fault — and responsible for its problems.

Consider what Trump is saying here: This crisis is far from over -- and the federal response has been by many accounts inadequate -- yet he is already thinking about the time when the government moves on and leaves Puerto Ricans to fend for themselves.

Coming from our chief executive, the President of all Americans -- including the 3.4 million citizens in Puerto Rico -- this mindset is shocking,

No one is asking for FEMA and first responders to stay in Puerto Rico forever. People on the island would love nothing more than to be able to resume their normal lives. This insensitive tweet harks back to another, when the President said that Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them."

For Trump to signal that the danger in Puerto Rico is largely past bespeaks a dangerous level of complacency.

Hurricane Maria hit the island three weeks ago, and so far the death toll is up to 45. This is the official death toll; news outlets such as Vox have reported another 450 deaths, along with at least 69 people still missing.

Trump plays with Spanish accent, celebrates Hispanic culture

  Trump plays with Spanish accent, celebrates Hispanic culture President Donald Trump played with the pronunciation of Puerto Rico as he saluted Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House. Trump drew out the name in an accented fashion three times — "Pueeeeerto Rico" — telling the crowd, "We love Pueeeeerto Rico." Then he said it without any accent: "And we also love Puerto Rico." That got a laugh from the crowd of Hispanic leaders gathered in the East Room of the White House, and Trump's other statements of support for the recovering U.S. territories drew cheers. Puerto Rico and the U.S.

President Trump also waived the legal requirement for a state to pay for one-fourth of the cost of the disaster since Puerto Rico is bankrupt. It ’ s easy to say, “Oh, it ’ s their own fault for living on an island/not prepping/not evacuating” but this attitude belies the fact that a disaster could wipe out any

Everyone from climate scientists to activists were taken aback by his tweetstorm. OMFG. After inexcusable days of silence about the disaster in Puerto Rico , THIS is what Trump has to say: tsk, tsk, it ' s your own fault ?

The Center for Investigative Journalism reports that bodies are piling up at the morgues of the hospitals on the island. Medical experts are worrying about the outbreak of disease in the US commonwealth. It is incomprehensible that Trump is already speaking of this catastrophic event as if it were in the rearview mirror. Actually, we do not yet know the full scope of the devastation of Maria.

Still, Trump appears ready to pivot away from this national disaster and back to the island's ongoing financial crisis. Puerto Rico was in the midst of a complicated fiscal restructuring before Maria -- but now is the time to help our fellow citizens, not blame them for supposed financial irresponsibility. Trump's comments are inconsistent with what his vice president recently said: Mike Pence pledged to help Puerto Ricans "every step of the way" in their recovery

On Wednesday, The New York Times described the "dire condition" of health care on the island, noting "many sick people across the island remain in mortal peril." Nearly 85% of the island lacks electricity, and 36% is without running water. This is real life on the island, and Trump wants to discuss who owes what to whom?

Trump defends throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans

  Trump defends throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans President Trump defended tossing paper towels into a crowd at a church in Puerto Rico last week. Trump said in an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) Saturday that media coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria was unfair, using the incident during which he tossed the paper towels as an example."They had these beautiful, soft towels, very good towels. And I came in and there was a cr owd of a lot of people, and they were screaming and they were loving everything," Trump said. "I was having fun, they were having fun.""They said, 'throw 'em to me! Throw 'em to me Mr.

The trigger-happy tweeter-in-chief also relishes gunning down his own political kin. He blasted all House Republicans who voted for a “mean” health care bill, after he’d personally pushed them to pass it . –Donald Trump in Puerto Rico , Tuesday, Oct.

The face I imagine Trump to have every time someone criticizes him. She' s trying to cope with her own staggering losses as well as the losses suffered by her people in Puerto Rico , because she knows she has a job to do.

For the record, despite what the President may believe, the fiscal crisis was not "of their own making." The truth is far more complicated, involving US hedge funds and banks, population trends, US government regulations and other issues.

Thursday's tweets are another sad example of the President's indifference to the suffering in Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey hitting South Texas, Trump publicly pledged $1 million of his own money to the relief effort. Puerto Rico? Nothing so far, unless you count a visit in which he lobbed paper towels at a crowd as if he were competing in an amateur basketball competition. BuzzFeed reports that the town he visited, Guaynabo, still lacks electricity and drinking water, one week later.

These tweets represent a disturbing lack of empathy. He attacked the mayor of San Juan for daring to criticize the federal government response. While Puerto Ricans have been recovering bodies and sweeping away debris, he has spent the last three weekends golfing. Though Trump wants billions for his unnecessary border wall, he seems resentful of having the country invest in Puerto Rico's full recovery.

At a time when many Americans want to help Puerto Rico, the President has not even tweeted out links to charities or organizations providing aid. Moreover, by repeatedly talking about how "great" the recovery efforts are going, Trump is painting a false picture of what is really happening on the island.

It is hard to fathom why Trump does not deem our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico worthy of our help. His response has been a national disgrace.

Puerto Rico Sets Goal of 95% Power Restoration in December .
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