While Puerto Ricans suffered, Trump golfed | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, September 30, 2017

While Puerto Ricans suffered, Trump golfed

Posted By on Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 8:21 AM

A Washington Post timeline illustrates the Trump administration's lack of urgency in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. You might think (as apparently half of the U.S. does) that Puerto Ricans aren't U.S. citizens.

Clearly, if Fox had devoted more time to coverage, it might have helped.

Even though local officials had said publicly as early as Sept. 20, the day of the storm, that the island was “destroyed,” the sense of urgency didn’t begin to penetrate the White House until Monday, when images of the utter destruction and desperation — and criticism of the administration’s response — began to appear on television, one senior administration official said.

“The Trump administration was slow off the mark,” said Rep. Darren Soto (D), the first Florida lawmaker of Puerto Rican descent elected to Congress. “. . . We’ve invaded small countries faster than we’ve been helping American citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”

Trump’s public schedule Monday was devoid of any meetings related to the storm, but he was becoming frustrated by the coverage he was seeing on TV, the senior official said.

At a dinner Monday evening with conservative leaders at the White House, Trump opened the gathering by briefly lamenting the tragedy unfolding in Puerto Rico before launching into a lengthy diatribe against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over his opposition to the Republicans’ failed health-care bill, according to one attendee.
Trump's tactic now: Attack the mayor of San Juan, who's criticized his response. The mayor has fired back. The devastation was so great that local officials had nothing to respond with. Massive help was required, particularly a U.S. military response greater than that initially mounted. The Trump administration was slow to waive the law that allowed foreign ships to bring supplies to Puerto Rico and the president has harped on Puerto Rico's debt, though it's no greater than a number of U.S. states.

Tags: ,


Comments (25)

Showing 1-25 of 25

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-25 of 25

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Rep. Mary Bentley's website now supports gay rights

    Somebody has cybersquatted on Republican Rep. Mary Bentley's website, replacing her messaging with a call for equal rights for LGBTQ people.
    • Jul 18, 2017
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes White House press secretary

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is the new White House press secretary.
    • Jul 21, 2017


Most Recent Comments


© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation