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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:31

John Kelly's defense of Trump's threatening Puerto Rico tweets doesn't make sense

Written by  Aaron Blake

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Oct. 12 defended tweets by President Trump that said FEMA, the military and first responders can't stay in Puerto Rico "forever." (Reuters)

White House chief of staff John F.

Kelly is the steady hand currently attempting to guide President Trump. And he was a pretty steady hand Thursday during his guest turn leading the White House press briefing.

But his explanation of Trump's tweets just doesn't hold up.

Kelly was made to try to explain Trump's apparent threat Thursday to cut off funding to Puerto Rico's hurricane recovery effort. And Kelly explained that the tweets were strictly accurate.

Which is true . . . but it's also beside the point.

Here's what Trump tweeted earlier Thursday:

"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

...accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

...We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R.

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