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Tue Sep 26, 2017, 06:47 AM

Trump finally responds to Puerto Rico crisis, saying island has 'massive debt'

Source: The Guardian

Trump finally responds to Puerto Rico crisis, saying island has 'massive debt'

President’s belated response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in US territory seems to blame islanders for their own misfortune

Ed Pilkington in New York
Tuesday 26 September 2017 05.15 BST

It took Donald Trump five full days to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on the lives of 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico, and when he finally did so his comments on Twitter were so devoid of empathy it threatened to spark a new controversy.

Hot on the heels of the billowing dispute he single-handedly provoked over African-American sporting figures protesting racial inequality during the national anthem, Trump launched another provocation on Monday night with a belated and lacklustre response to the Puerto Rican disaster. In a series of three tweets he effectively blamed the islanders – all of whom are American citizens – for their own misfortune.

“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” he said, without offering any additional federal government assistance for the stricken US territory, which was hit by Hurricane Maria soon after those two states were struck by Harvey and Irma.

Trump acknowledged that “much of the island was destroyed”, but caustically went on to say that its electrical grid was already “in terrible shape” and that Puerto Rico owed billions of dollars to Wall Street and the banks “which, sadly, must be dealt with”.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/26/trump-puerto-rico-crisis-massive-debt

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ProudMNDemocrat Sep 2017 #1

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Tue Sep 26, 2017, 07:26 AM

1. Trump has so much compassion and empathy for the suffering.......

NOT! There ks no money in it for him......

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