"We need more help," @ricardorossello just said on day 13 of the emergency response in Puerto Rico. (@potus lands here in two hours)— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 3, 2017
In Puerto Rico today:
“I think she’s come back a long way,” Trump said of Mayor Cruz. “And I think it’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done.”
“In Texas and in Florida, we get an ‘A+’, and I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just as good in Puerto Rico and it’s actually a much tougher situation,” he continued.
People are without water; people are without electricity; most of the inland area of Puerto Rico, per news reports this morning, is still inaccessible and difficult to travel through; but hey, the important thing is Trump is being praised.
“Now the roads are cleared, communication is starting to come back, we need their truck drivers,” he said. “Their drivers have to start driving trucks. We have to do that, so at a local level they have to give us more help.”
He congratulated “first responders, the military, FEMA” for their “incredible job” and thanked Puerto Rico’s governor. “He has said we have done an incredible job, and that’s the truth,” Trump said.
No, the roads are not clear. There is a shortage of diesel fuel. Half the island has no water, only 5% has electricity. But the governor told Trump he'd done "an incredible job," so it's all good!
And this is NOT Trump's Katrina!
“If you look at the — every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds of people that died and what happened here with a storm that was just totally over bearing. No one has ever seen anything like that. What is your death count?"
"16," responded Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
"16 certified," Trump said, and then told all leaders assembled that they should all be "very proud."
Proud? Proud 16 people are dead? Or proud of their horror? Oh, and Trump doesn't want Puerto Rico to forget how expensive it is:
We have gone all out for Puerto Rico," Trump said during the televised briefing Tuesday. "It's not only dangerous, it's expensive."
And while Puerto Rico clearly needs much more aid — including help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair its damaged infrastructure — Trump decided to focus on how much money it had already spent.
"You've thrown our budget out of whack," he said. "We've spend [sic] a lot of money in Puerto Rico."
I'm running out of words. The man is inhuman. "Monster" is becoming the only term that describes him.