Politics Schumer to Trump: Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm

23:10  03 october  2017
23:10  03 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

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He also noted that Trump didn't tell jokes about Texas and Florida after their hurricanes. "Mr. President, enough," Schumer said. " Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track.

He also noted that Trump didn't tell jokes about Texas and Florida after their hurricanes. "Mr. President, enough," Schumer said. " Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track.

Schumer to Trump: Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm© Provided by The Hill 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 press conference.

Schumer added he didn't remember Trump complaining that Texas "threw our budget out of whack after Harvey. Or Florida after Irma."

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He also noted that Trump didn't tell jokes about Texas and Florida after their hurricanes. "Mr. President, enough," Schumer said. " Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track.

" Stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores, and roll up your sleeves and get the recovery on track." "I don't remember him telling Texas that they threw our budget out of whack after [Hurricane] Harvey or Florida after [Hurricane] Irma," Schumer said. Trump made the comments

Trump noted the enormous cost associated with the hurricane relief and rescue mission in Puerto Rico during a meeting with officials in San Juan earlier Tuesday.

"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine," Trump said. "We saved a lot of lives."

Schumer said Trump's remark, which come as Republicans are pushing tax reform, "boggles the mind."

"To have the gall to complain about Puerto Rico throwing our budget out of whack - while proposing tax cuts for millionaires that will cost trillions of dollars - boggles the mind, boggles the mind. ...Stop the blame game," he told reporters.

Democrats have ripped Trump for his disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which they argue are moving too slowly. A majority of the country's electric grid remains offline, as well as most cell phone towers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) noted separately that he met with Puerto Rican and U.S. Virgin Islands officials earlier Tuesday.

"We anticipate a supplemental request from the administration in mid-October for additional funding," he said.

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