This is worse than George W. Bush’s clueless neglect of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This is purposeful, intentional abandonment of Americans out of pure spite for having criticized the “Dear Leader” and his relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Who does this? Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort:
President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Declaring the U.S. territory’s electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that recovery workers will not stay “forever.”
In a trio of tweets, Trump wrote” “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”
Three weeks since Maria made landfall, much of Puerto Rico, an island of 3.4 million people, the vast majority of the island remains without power. Residents struggle to find clean water, hospitals are running short on medicine and commerce is slow with many businesses closed.
Trump on Thursday sought to shame the territory for its own plight. He tweeted, “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” And he quoted Sharyl Attkisson, [a television journalist with the Sinclair Broadcast Group (right-wing propaganda media), who left CBS News over her assertion of liberal bias for a book deal over it] as saying, “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”
This is an overly symplistic analysis. Investopedia has a good explainer. The Origins of the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis. The massive destruction by Hurricane Maria only exacerbated the crisis. Abandoning American ctizens in dire straights because of debt owed to investors is criminal.
Trump has been roundly criticized for his leadership in coming to Puerto Rico’s aid. Trump, in response, has tried to portray the island as in full recovery mode, even as it suffers from enduring health, power and water problems. [‘Nothing, Nothing’: Aid Lags in Hurricane-Torn Puerto Rico, Where Recovery Is a Do-It-Yourself Affair.] During a visit last week, he tossed rolls of paper towels at local residents as if they were basketballs, drawing scorn from local leaders, and noted that the death toll was lower than the “real catastrophe” of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The death toll in Puerto Rico is much higher than has been reported, Puerto Rican funeral homes say Maria’s death toll is much higher than reported, and now a Health crisis looms in Puerto Rico weeks after Hurricane Maria hit (video).
In a visit to the island last week, Vice President Pence vowed that the administration will be with Puerto Rico “every step of the way.”
“I say to all of you gathered here today to the people of Puerto Rico: We are with you, we stand with you, and we will be with you every single day until Puerto Rico is restored bigger and better than ever before,” he said.
Once again, Trump’s albino poodle is proved a liar by the Twitter-troll-in-chief whom this lap dog serves.
Trump himself made a similar promise, saying in a Sept. 29 speech, “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe.” He added, “These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure. And we will be there every day until that happens.”
This is an infantile man-child given to temper tantrums, and who retaliates against anyone who does not genuflect before him and praise his magnifence, or dares to point out that the emperor has no clothes.