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Trump: No 'Appreciation' For What He Has 'Done For Puerto Rico'

President Trump continues to brag about his administration’s response to the hurricane in Puerto Rico.

“Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation,” he claimed Sunday on Twitter. “So much work!” The president linked a video of recovery operations by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the armed forces in the U.S. territory. He wrote: “What the fake news media will not show you in Puerto Rico.”

The Hill reported that the nine-minute video included shots of Trump touring the island on Tuesday, when he met with elected officials and helped distribute supplies by tossing paper towels to residents. “More than 11,000 DoD personnel are now in Puerto Rico providing aid,” the president wrote.

Authorities gave an update on recovery efforts to Trump, who had kind words for nearly everyone in attendance except San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. She had accused the administration of responding too slowly to the humanitarian crisis that Hurricane Maria caused. More than a week following the storm, most of the island still did not have electricity or basic supplies.

During a press conference with local officials, Trump downplayed Hurricane Maria’s devastation by noting that there had been only 16 confirmed deaths. He complained that Puerto Rico would be throwing “our budget out of whack.” According to the Washington Times, Yulin Cruz said the president’s remarks lacked “sensitivity.” The mayor told CNN: “It doesn’t make you feel good. I would hope that the president of the United States stops spouting out comments that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico because rather than commander-in-chief he sorta becomes mis-communicator-in-chief.” Regarding whether Trump is likely to ramp up the recovery operations, Yulin Cruz replied: “I sure hope so, but you know sometimes his foul communication gets in the way.”

Before the president visited Puerto Rico, Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke declared that the response to the hurricane by FEMA, the military, the Red Cross and others was a “good-news story.” Yulin Cruz fired back on CNN: “Dammit, this is not a good-news story. This is a people-are-dying story.” Trump tweeted that the mayor’s angry statement showed “poor leadership,” prompting the mayor to say the same thing about the president.

The New York Post reported that Trump, during a Sunday interview on Mike Huckabee’s cable-television show, defended himself from critics who mocked the paper towel-tossing photo opportunity. The president claimed he did a “great job” and was just “having fun.” He told Huckabee: “Look, the media is fake. Meantime I’m here, it’s sort of amazing. I’m here and I sort of ask myself, ‘How did I ever get here with the horrible, unfair publicity?’”

Many social-media users were not impressed with Trump’s attempt to turn around the negative publicity about the trip and his administration’s response to Puerto Rico’s needs. “People are dying,” one person tweeted. “It’s not about you. Jesus Christ.” Another Twitter user asked, “What did you actually do?” Ed Krassenstein, a professional writer, pointed out that “it was FEMA who did everything and you want to cut FEMA.”

Source: The Hill
Photo: YouTube, Twitter

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