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Geraldo Rivera: Everything Trump Does Is Portrayed In 'Negative, Wicked' Way

Geraldo Rivera believes many of his fellow journalists unfairly criticize President Trump.

“Having seen how he was treated in Puerto Rico and then seeing the press about how he was treated in Puerto Rico, it was almost an absolute 100 percent disconnect,” the reporter and political commentator said Saturday on “Fox & Friends.” He was in Puerto Rico during the president’s visit to the island, which sustained major damage when Hurricanes Irma and Maria unleashed fierce winds and flooding.

Rivera, who interviewed Trump in Puerto Rico, recalled that the U.S. territory’s residents were “ebullient” in welcoming the president. He argued that the government’s recovery efforts have been effective, even though more than 80 percent of the island still lacks electricity and more than a third of the people do not have access to safe drinking water. There is little cell-phone service, damaged roads are complicating relief efforts, and essential materials like fuel and medicine are in short supply.

“This president has the worst relationship, not only with the press but with those on the other side of the aisle, that I have seen since Richard Nixon," Rivera declared. “He does not get the benefit of the doubt for anything. Anything he does is construed in the most wicked, negative way possible.”

Rivera acknowledged that conditions in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, are “very, very bad.” The Fox News correspondent explained: “You have a population of 3.4 million people living in dire, dire straits. … They have been battered in a way that words almost fail. … This disaster takes on this whole different, personal dimension. They have no power, they have no water, they are struggling. The children are not in school.” However, Rivera added: “The people of Puerto Rico are an extraordinary people. They are a resilient, innovative, enterprising people.”

Rivera, who spent much of his childhood on the island, got a chance to reunite with some of his relatives near San Juan during his trip. Stressing that “Puerto Rico must be rebuilt,” he said the United States should launch a recovery effort similar to the Marshall Plan for Europe following World War II.

Trump is under fire for threatening to withdraw Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel from the island. He tweeted last week: “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever! … Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” Quoting reporter Sharyl Attkisson, the president added: “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló fired back by demanding the same level of assistance that “any of our fellow citizens would receive across our nation.” San Juan Mayo Carmen Yulín Cruz called Trump the “hater in chief,” and accused him of rhetoric and actions “unbecoming of a leader of the free world.” She said the president “is simply incapable of understanding the contributions, the sacrifices and the commitment to democratic values that Puerto Ricans have shown over decades.”

Source: Fox News
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