Trump spent much of the briefing issuing effusive congratulations to response teams and members of his Cabinet, while adding in a few not-so-subtle digs at the U. territory.“I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” Trump said.“We’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, but it’s fine.”A number of Puerto Rican officials were in attendance, including San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, whose criticisms of the federal aid to Puerto Rico made her the subject of several angry Trump tweets over the weekend.I still panic for everyone else who is suffering on the island.
Before proceeding to tour some of the damage to San Juan, Trump ended the briefing by thanking the Puerto Rican officials for their support and, essentially, telling them: You’re welcome.“I know you appreciate our support because our country’s really gone all out to help,” he said.
“It’s not only dangerous, it’s expensive, it’s everything.
The local government says supplies are arriving, but apparently, distribution is slow. We were already struggling, and in the aftermath of Hurricane María, our desperation only intensifies.
The Obama administration signed a bill called PROMESA to help Puerto Rico survive its massive debt. companies to profit off us, but our well-being isn’t prioritized.
government once again treats us like second-class citizens when it comes to compassion and aid. pic.twitter.com/vjg Svxus7x— Ro Menendez (@romenendez14) September 26, 2017 to waive those shipping restrictions — but he immediately waived them for Texas and Florida.