This is outright inhumane:
Trump is laying the groundwork for abandoning Puerto Rico, and blaming it for its infrastructure problems that existed pre-hurricane. Lost in his “analysis” is that the people suffering there (still no power or clean water on most of the Island) are AMERICANS.
If Bush was negligent with Katrina response, Trump is being outright punishing.
According to some sources, there are now 117 people listed missing in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck the island on Sept. 20. (I’m trying to verify)
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — who hasn’t been shy about calling out the President for the federal response to the devastation in Puerto Rico, which she thinks has been inadequate — pushed back.
She called his comments “unbecoming” of a commander-in-chief and said they seem “more to come from a ‘Hater in Chief.’”
He really is a hater. This is proof. This has little to do with the fact that Puerto Rico is a territory, not a state, and everything to do with the fact that the people there are Latino.
It is outrageous that @realDonaldTrump is making veiled threats to withdraw relief workers from US citizens in need. That’s poor leadership.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 12, 2017
UPDATE: More words from the San Juan Mayor — scathing:
And for comparison:
Asked for a response to Trump’s remarks, the White House later said it was “committed to helping Puerto Rico” and working with local leaders and Congress “to identify the best fiscally responsible path forward.”
“Successful recoveries do not last forever; they should be as swift as possible to help people resume their normal lives,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reiterated during a Thursday news briefing that the Trump administration would “stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done.”