Trump's Remarks About Erasing Puerto Rico's Debt Jolt The Markets
Oct 08 2017
As we all know, President Trump and San Juan's Mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, simply don't get along.
Why would Trump go out of his way to talk about money while the people of Puerto Rico are still shell-shocked over the death and destruction on 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" he tweeted. His use of the word "nasty" is a callback to the 2016 campaign when he called Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" during a debate.
On Wednesday, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, contradicted President Trump's comments about wiping out Puerto Rico's billions-dollar debt amid the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Maria - the largest storm to hit the island in 90 years - has left more than half the island's residents without drinking water, destroyed roads and infrastructure and toppled power lines.
"What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people", she also added.
In the disgusting, post-hurricane wasteland where no people can get anything that's been donated to them and communication is better done with an Ouija board or smoke signals than anything else, Mayor Cruz was fortunate enough to be distributed a fashionable "SOS" hat and "HELP US WE ARE DYING" shirt. She then directed a pointed comment at Trump: "So I am asking the President of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives".
It is noteworthy that the president did not raise similar concerns about the cost to the federal treasury of aid to Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were battered by storms during an unusually violent hurricane season.
During his briefing in San Juan, Trump singled out Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló "for not playing politics" with the response.
All of Puerto Rico undoubtedly needs a lot of help recovering and rebuilding from these hurricanes, and the federal government should do what it can to help.
President Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of wiping out hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico's crushing debt load. "If people of Puerto Rico had power and could watch TV, they might differ".
During Trump's visit to the USA territory on Tuesday, the mayor and president shook hands.
However, Cruz praised the White House staff and said, "I saw a real connection between the reality and the White House staff". "They want everything to be done for them", Trump griped, using the third-person plural to paint the entire island as a bunch of lazy, undeserving ingrates unwilling to lift a finger to help themselves.