Trump doesn’t know Puerto Rico is part of the USA. Seriously.
Puerto Rico remains devastated after Hurricane Maria due to lack of adequate funding and resources. Yet, in another racisTwitterer tirade, Trump bashes Puerto Rico pols who “only take from the USA!”
Puerto Rico got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane, more money than has ever been gotten for a hurricane before, & all their local politicians do is complain & ask for more money. The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2019
You should take this up with the president of Puerto Rico. https://t.co/kqizpqcaZO
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) April 2, 2019
We should fire the President of Puerto Rico. https://t.co/V2dRwLSyDj
— Andrew Learned (@AndrewLearned) April 2, 2019
He should really get the President of Puerto Rico on the phone to hash this out. https://t.co/9zMhqWCNXh
— Anonymous Fed (@EvilBobJ) April 2, 2019
— Beth Frank (@farbav) April 2, 2019
What can we expect though from a President who gets his information from sources like Fox News?
Of course 45 doesn’t know Puerto Rico is the USA, he gets his policy from a network that thinks Mexico is 3 countries and Africa is 1 pic.twitter.com/NXncjSjdSD
— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) April 2, 2019
Trump’s recent outburst was in reaction to Democrats’ refusal to accept a package for Puerto Rico that falls short:
On Monday, Democratic leaders balked at the $600 million for Puerto Rican food stamps in the $13.45 billion package, arguing it wasn’t enough. But Republicans refused to back a Democratic House bill that failed to account for the historic Midwestern flooding, as it passed before that catastrophe. Democrats have said they support paying for flood relief and attempted Monday to amend their House bill with that money, a move the GOP blocked.
In his tweets, Trump raised a familiar, contested figure for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Although the president has repeatedly claimed that $91 billion has been spent there, that figure actually reflects a high-end, long-term estimate for recovery costs; a fraction of that has so far been budgeted, and even less has been spent.
“FEMA & the Military worked emergency miracles, but politicians like the crazed and incompetent Mayor of San Juan have done such a poor job of bringing the Island back to health,” Trump tweeted. “91 Billion Dollars to Puerto Rico, and now the Dems want to give them more, taking dollars away from our Farmers and so many others. Disgraceful!”
This is a flat out lie. Puerto Rico has NOT “got $91B.”
•$91B is due incrementally over the next *20 years*
•~$11B has been delivered
•3,000 Americans still died due to Federal Govt failures
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) April 2, 2019