Donald Trump is totally unconcerned about the fate of Puerto Rico to a truly shocking degree.
As the island is struggling to rebuild, Trump has refused to let foreign vessels unload relief supplies at the port, and withdrew a naval hospital ship treating the sick and injured without giving a reason. He personally has attacked the mayor of San Juan as she waded through sewage to help her residents to safety, and when he actually bothered to visit, he literally made fun out of throwing paper towels at families who had lost their homes.
On a press call on Wednesday afternoon, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy — who this week traveled to Puerto Rico to check on relief efforts and speak with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló — revealed the shocking fact that Trump has not even touched the federal funds that Congress set aside for the island’s recovery
It’s important to note that the White House has not released the money that Congress appropriated last year. That was a major issue that came up with our discussions with the governor. We appropriated money, mainly through CDBG funding, and the White House has held that money back. It has not landed on the ground in Puerto Rico, which makes us very reluctant to hand over the keys to the White House with the disaster package passed by the House that doesn’t mandate that a single dime land in Puerto Rico. That bill authorized $90 million to be divided up as the White House desired among the existing disaster declarations.
Given how cavalier this White House has been about the disaster and the recovery in Puerto Rico, we simply don’t believe that it’s responsible for Congress to pass a disaster relief package that doesn’t guarantee the money will end up aiding Puerto Rico.
This sort of inaction from Trump’s administration is absolutely inexcusable. Over a thousand people have died, and nearly 50 percent of Puerto Rico still does not have power, as Murphy vividly demonstrated in a tweet on Tuesday night:
It's 6:30pm in the most densely populated neighborhood in San Juan and it's pitch dark. For the 104th day in a row. pic.twitter.com/9CQTw6YUsg
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 2, 2018
Trump seems to believe the people without Electricity, food or water is a low priority items, because they don’t vote.
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