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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:49

Donald Trump, Gen. John Kelly, and reassuring our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico

Written by  Philip Wegmann

Puerto Ricans have one less problem to worry about. Much of the island still doesn't have access to food, power, or clean drinking water. But at least they know the President Trump won't abandon them.

Trump didn't say that though. In fact, the president said the opposite, tweeting at 7:07a.m. that the federal government "cannot keep FEMA, the military, and the first responders…in PR forever!" Was Trump sounding the retreat? No. But was he inspiring confidence in the battered island? Probably not.

Puerto Rico's struggle to return to its feet has been complicated by its own systemic failures and a logistically complicated federal response. Obviously, the political leaders need to rise to the occasion, recognizing all the while that temporary federal assistance is never meant to be permanent.

For for all its self-inflicted problems, Puerto Rico shouldn't have to worry about being left adrift. Luckily, White House chief of staff John Kelly clarified. "We will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico," the general explained during Thursday's press conference, "until the job is done." Where Trump was heavy handed, Kelly was reassuring.

But is that really necessary? By most honest accounts, tropical storm season has been the highlight of Trump's presidency.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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