As our Jenna Johnson reported, one section of that video praised the government’s efforts in clearing roads. It cuts off right before the speaker praised the work of Puerto Rican residents in beginning the laborious process.
The federal gov. has handled Sandy worse than Katrina. There is no excuse why people don#8217;t have electricity or fuel yet.
He spent the weekend it hit at his club in Bedminster, N.J., — and the following weekend there, too. Last weekend he was at the White House — save for several trips to his golf course in Virginia.
Part of those responses were a function of trying to present the best possible face for what was happening on the island in front of the cameras that were following him around. But it also means that Trump internalized downplaying the disaster even as he avoided some of the worst parts of it. Where Trump’s rhetoric and Trump’s actual beliefs overlap is always hard to tell, but in this case they may overlap in a way that’s detrimental to the island.
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
But for Trump, Puerto Rico has also become a political battle. Those seeking assistance on the island had become opponents. And if there’s one thing Trump has shown, it’s that he’s not terribly interested in leveraging the resources of the government for his opponents.