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Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:30

The people of Puerto Rico have become political opponents for Trump

Written by  Philip Bump
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz speaks to the media as she arrives at the temporary government center setup at the Roberto Clemente stadium in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sept.

 30 in San Juan. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On Thursday morning, President Trump made a remarkable statement: The government couldn’t keep federal disaster relief efforts running in Puerto Rico forever. There would need to be some limit, he hinted in a string of tweets, tied to a dollar amount set by Congress.

The impression left by the tweets was that Trump’s patience with the disaster in Puerto Rico had run out, that it was time to start winding things down and to let the island fend for itself. Contrast that with his assertion to Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey struck in September.

Texas & Louisiana: We are w/ you today, we are w/ you tomorrow, & we will be w/ you EVERY SINGLE DAY AFTER, to restore, recover, & REBUILD! pic.twitter.com/YQb82K2VSB

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017

That contrast is not new. Trump downplayed the looming disaster in Puerto Rico from the outset.

Before Harvey threatened the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma hit Florida, Trump was providing constant updates on their approach and immediate aftermath on Twitter, marveling at the storms’ destructive power and offering praise for those responding to the storm.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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