Donald Trump Makes Himself the Victim in the Puerto Rico Crisis

Aaron Brown
October 3, 2017

Donald Trump tweeted that "big decisions" were pending on how to rebuild hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as the mayor of the island's biggest city, San Juan, said the response to the disaster was "not a good news story". Many people believed that he was quicker to extend help to the individuals impacted by this summer's hurricanes that occurred in Florida and Texas than he has been for those living in Puerto Rico.

Speaking at a hotel a few blocks from the White House, Trump mentioned that Puerto Rico's electrical grid and infrastructure had been in poor shape beforehand, saying, "we're literally starting from scratch".

While this series of tweets were reportedly sent from Trump's golf club over the weekend, reports say that more than 10,000 federal officials are working to clean up and restore Puerto Rico.

Mr Trump has pledged to spare no effort to help the USA territory recover in the aftermath of the hurricane, and also tweeted that military personnel and first responders had done "an wonderful job" despite having "no electric, roads, phones etc". Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said 44 of Puerto Rico's 69 hospitals have been restored to operation.

Lauren Jauregui is not happy with the way President Trump reacted to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz's plea for help following Hurricane Maria's destruction to Puerto Rico.

"You're a congenital liar", he wrote in response to a third tweet from Trump, adding with a link to a donation site for a Latino nonprofit.

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After Mr Trump's blast, Ms Cruz took to Twitter to thank Republican lawmakers who had visited the island.

Cruz said in several TV interviews that the lack of an efficient response by the USA military and government was going to cost people's lives.

'General Buchanan, a three-star general, has said as one of the first comments that he has made about the Puerto Rico situation, that he doesn't have enough troops and he doesn't have enough equipment of what he needs to get the situation under control'.

But Gutierrez had more pointed criticism for the President, suggesting he ought to deploy the military forces with which he has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea to aid the distressed island.

But who is the mayor Trump is slamming? Duke had described the response as a "good news story".

"Everything has been wiped out. we're literally starting from scratch", President Donald Trump said in Washington on Friday morning.

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