by Countable | 10.12.17
Another day, another set of Tweets from President Trump, and another flurry of responses. The notable part being, of course, that the president’s tweets, or the opinions expressed through them, have huge implications for Americans. This morning his focus was Puerto Rico, and the possibility of pulling Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff out of Puerto Rico.
There are approximately 3.5 million American citizens on the island and countless family members spread throughout the United States.
President Trump sent three tweets Thursday morning:
"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
...accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
...We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
Politicians and pundits responded:
Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 12, 2017
Pelosi: Trump's Puerto Rico tweets "heartbreaking"; "lacks knowledge" about FEMA's role in time of natural disaster. pic.twitter.com/LnajwlnYYZ— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 12, 2017
The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 12, 2017
Our federal govt must commit to helping the people of Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands. US citizens deserve that much from their govt.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 12, 2017
Not a month since Maria, w/millions of Americans in great peril, Trump threatens removal of federal resources from PR...except paper-towels. https://t.co/UrLkZdQMeb— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) October 12, 2017
Just so you can see them side-by-side, here is Trump on Texas vs PR. Wonder what the difference is. Hmmm… pic.twitter.com/5QWEAPgWG7— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) October 12, 2017
Trump’s attitude to sufferering on Puerto Rico an ominous indicator of his likely attitude toward fatalities on the Korean Peninsula— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 12, 2017
But some argued that media reports of the crisis in Puerto Rico are overblown, like Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA):
Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera tweeted that the answer is Puerto Rico becoming a state:
#PuertoRico must become the 51st state; colonial status & gridwork of 78 mayoral fiefdoms is unworkable-Corrupt power co. Must be privatized— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) October 12, 2017
Fox News contributor Brooke Singman tweeted out a Fox article:
POTUS warns Puerto Rico that FEMA, first responders cannot stay in PR 'forever!' https://t.co/YiL8iYoagw— Brooke Singman (@brookefoxnews) October 12, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) did not acknowledge the president’s tweets, but did discuss House plans to vote on a disaster relief package Thursday:
We stand with those hurting from natural disasters, be it hurricanes or wildfires. Today, the House votes to provide more relief funding. pic.twitter.com/oFL8GxLtC0— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 12, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made no statements regarding Puerto Rico relief or the president’s tweets via Twitter or his website.
Were the president’s tweets an honest statement of the reality of the finite nature of federal resources? An inconsistent position compared to his statements on other disasters? A sign of a lack of empathy? What should Congress do to help Puerto Rico recover after the devastation? At what point would Puerto Rico be recovered enough for federal aid to be ended?
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— Asha Sanaker
(Photo Credit: AJ+ via Twitter)
Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort — Washington Post
84 Percent of Puerto Rico Still Doesn’t Have Power — New York Times
Written by Countable
The most un-American, ignorant, hateful president we have ever had. How can he turn his back on American citizens? Do not let him do this!!
Puerto Ricans should receive the same financial and moral support as any other American citizens would. The President is displaying a shameful bias here.
Well, Puerto Rico didn't vote for Trump in 2016 (unlike Florida and Texas) and they don't have Electoral Votes so what can we expect? Just a fake president trying to run a reality show on taxpayer's money and taking the country down in the ratings with him.
What the fuck is wrong with some of you people defending Trump. It hasn't even been a month since they got destroyed by a hurricane and he tweets that shit out. They estimated at least 6 months before power is brought back to the majority of the people there and again it hasn't even been a full month. If your pulling Federal aid from there you better pull it from Texas too. Texas cries about to much government handouts until they get hit by a hurricane and scream for help. I know why he treats PR different then Texas and Florida. They're skin tone doesn't quite match his.
If he's going to threaten taking away FEMA from Puerto Rico, then he also needs to do the same for other places that are receiving assistance from FEMA. I'm tired of this hypocritical man. How is he STILL in office????
No one expects FEMA to stay "forever", in TX, FL or PR. Tax paying American citizens, no matter where they live, should be given aid and not allowed starve, die of thirst, lack of medical help or lack of adequate shelter.
Another unpresidential comment from Trump! If the federal government is not going to help our citizens in these dire circumstances, who is?? This could be any one of us, and to think our president would deny assistance to people who lack basic needs is appalling!! Shame on you Mr Trump.
Is New Jersey next? Probably California Possibly New York If we stop helping US citizens anywhere, we stop helping US citizens everywhere The u stands for United
Puerto Ricans continue to suffer from DELIBERATELY LAGGARD RESPONSE and this 🤡 only has these disparaging comments and threats to send? IMPEACH NOW! THIS IS MORALLY WRONG!
Read the facts before you start calling the president a racist. Look how much aid was given out of taxpayers dollars. how does PR sustain itself outside of aid. They can rebuild on there own so why would we take this on? Why would we want them a 51st state? Without being assholes give me the reasons why? How would you fix PR? If you were the president let me know what?
Trump is absolutely right! It seems that every time our government institutes a so called “temporary program” it ends up going on and on and on - ad infinitum. The solution? Help people help themselves – assuming their culture allows for such values in the first place. Our unique American culture understands that receiving free money from any source is at once humiliating and motivates continued dependency. The people we now all of a sudden hear grousing about repairing our disastrous national finances (via such common sense measures as setting some kind of limit) are clearly suffering from Trump derangement syndrome.
If Puerto Ricans could vote he would not be doing this to them. Florida and Texas got the help because most of them voted him in. These are American citizens they need our help and 45 is not doing his job at all. Please help our fellow citizens
The feds have spent less time and money on Puerto Rico than they have following trump and his family on their personal business trips and vacations.
How does turning your back on Citizens and inciting a blame game help America be great again? The ignorance and self serving agendas are never ending with this administration! We will need to hold each other up through the remainder of Trumps term, we need to find ways collectively to circumvent this ridiculous figure head!
Puerto Rico is still apart of the United States!!! Don’t treat them like they’re are anything less than any other American. Give them what they need to get back on their feet!
Everyone is totally overreacting. PR needs to do more to help itself. The President’s remarks are meant to motivate the people of PR to start helping themselves and not expect to be handed their country back in perfect condition. Every report I see is that the locals are doing VERY LITTLE to help themselves. Eventually FEMA will remove themselves from TX and FL. PR needs a wake up call and needs to expect to eventually stand on their own like every other state in the union. They need a kick in the butt like every spoiled lib on this site!
Corporations cut their losses, governments don’t. Democratic governments pull resources or increase taxes to support the overall. No one makes it on their own, with out the help of others. Some People wanted government to be ran like a business and not like a democratic government, they got it. Business don’t do charity work, infrastructure, make work, create jobs, create demand, healthcare, protect the environment or care about you! You are just a number.
These are Americans! Puerto Rico deserves the same essential financial and FEMA help as Florida an Texas.
I am dismayed by the President’s latest round of comments implying a need for an early termination of aid to Puerto Rico. Why just Americans in Puerto Rico and not those in Texas, Louisiana and Florida? Why this soon after the hurricane when many Puerto Rican’s have yet to receive any help from FEMA? Is this a prelude to the president’s latest trend to shift responsibility for difficult issues to Congress? If so, I want my representatives to know that they have my support to do what is necessary to help Puerto Ricans through this disaster and well on the road to recovery
Make them work for money for a change.....