President Donald Trump thinks people are not giving him enough credit for his hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, which so far comprise of terribly mispronouncing the island’s name, throwing paper towels at the survivors and then blaming them for ruining the United States’ budget.
Taking to Twitter, the president recently posted a nearly 9-minute video that highlighted the aid efforts in the Caribbean, as Puerto Rico continues to struggle in the aftermath of disastrous Hurricane Maria — a Category 4 storm that killed at least 36 and left thousands without electricity, water and even a roof over their heads.
The Trump administration has been repeatedly slammed for its handling of the disaster, however, despite the massive criticism, all Trump apparently wants is for people to praise him for something he is not doing effectively.
The commander-in-chief’s self-pitying, and frankly narcissistic, tweet and propaganda-esque supercut of his administration’s work in Puerto Rico came just as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said the federal government “does not want to help” the beleaguered island.
She also blasted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for claiming to be “collecting data” but not doing anything to help the victims, many of whom are forced to collect water in limited quantities from relief camps or use bottled water provided by the military.
Power collapses in San Juan hospital with 4 patients now being transferred out. Have requested support from FEMA. NOTHING! @DavidBegnaud— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 8, 2017
The Hospital had requested support from FEMA and no response. Oh sorry they are collecting data...— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 8, 2017
What you do when devastation hits you and there is no help in the horizon. We will make it. pic.twitter.com/Powj7UDeFe— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 8, 2017
Cruz was not the only one to slam the president.
Meanwhile, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said during an interview the agency was filtering out the mayor’s comments as “political noise.”
“We filtered out the mayor a long time ago. We don’t have time for the political noise,” Long told ABC News’ “This Week” anchor Martha Raddatz. “The bottom line is, is that we are making progress every day in conjunction with” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello “and in regards to the power failure, we’re restringing a very fragile system every day.”
During his interview with Mike Huckabee, Trump also criticized Cruz for slamming him — and then talked about the “beautiful, soft towels” that he threw into crowds of Puerto Ricans as if they were footballs.
As of writing this, the president has not responded to San Juan mayor’s latest round of criticism.
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