Too much money for hurricane relief, or too much money spent on brown people?
Courtesy of The Guardian:
Donald Trump told a meeting of Republican lawmakers that hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico had received too much rebuilding money compared with mainland states like Florida and Texas, hardening his opposition to further disaster aid for the US island territory.
Trump’s ardent opposition to additional Puerto Rico funding sets up a showdown with House Democrats, who insist that a $13bn to $14bn disaster aid package that’s a top priority for southern Republicans won’t advance without further aid for the island.
Trump told Republicans at a closed-door luncheon on Tuesday that aid for Puerto Rico “is way out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others have gotten”, the Florida senator Marco Rubio said after the meeting.
Yeah, that might have been because Maria was the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over ten years,
The island was devastated by the high winds and claimed the lives of over 3,000 people.
Trump is just pissed off because he swooped in right after the hurricane hit, tossed a few paper towels while claiming that he was doing a great job and hardly anybody died, then the facts started filtering in and proved he was an idiot.
The governor of Puerto Rico, once a Trump ally, is tired of hearing the excuses.
Courtesy of Wapo:
In his strongest rebuke yet of the president, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló late on Tuesday called Trump’s comments “below the dignity of a sitting President” and “irresponsible, regrettable and, above all, unjustified,” while suggesting Trump has dodged meeting him.
“I invite the President to stop listening to ignorant and completely wrong advice,” Rosselló said in a statement. “Instead he should come to Puerto Rico to hear firsthand from the people on the ground. I invite him to put all of the resources at his disposal to help Americans in Puerto Rico, like he did for Texas and Alabama. No more, no less.”
Yeah, he’s not coming. I can all but guarantee that.
Trump had his photo-op and he has no interest in revisiting one of this greatest failures, especially since they cannot vote in the 2020 presidential election.
In a CNN interview Governor Rosselló also said this:
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he would not sit back and allow his officials to be bullied by the White House.
“If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth,” Rosselló said. “It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage.”
Man, what I would be willing to pay to see that!