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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:02

Oops: Rick Perry flubs and calls Puerto Rico a country

Written by  Aaron Blake

Energy Secretary Rick Perry accidentally called the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico a country during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Oct. 12, in response to a question from Rep.

Kathy Castror (D-Fla.) about Puerto Rico's electrical grid. (U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee)

A new poll shows that 55 percent of Americans think the Trump administration hasn't done enough to help Puerto Rico, and that 52 percent believe Trump doesn't even care about the U.S. territory's problems after Hurricane Maria.

His energy secretary's latest “oops” moment isn't going to help in that regard.

During a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday, Energy Secretary Rick Perry mistakenly referred to Puerto Rico as a country while talking about how to repair its energy grid.

Here's the exchange with Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.):

CASTOR: What is your plan to build a more distributed grid there with the modern technology that's at our fingertips?

PERRY: Congresswoman Castor, you have just pointed out the real challenge that this country faces in dealing with the territory and the citizens of Puerto Rico. That is a country that already had its challenges before this storm . . .

CASTOR: Well, they're — it's America. They're American citizens, so it's not a country.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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