In a pair of tweets on Monday, Trump attacked Puerto Rico. He claimed that they were ungrateful for his support following Hurricane Maria in 2017, which was a deadly category 5 storm that left the U.S. territory in chaos.
He tweeted: “Puerto Rico has been given more money by Congress for Hurricane Disaster Relief, 91 Billion Dollars, than any State in the history of the U.S. As an example, Florida got $12 Billion & Texas $39 Billion for their monster hurricanes. Now the Democrats are saying NO Relief to......”
In his next tweet, he continued: “....Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and others unless much more money is given to Puerto Rico. The Dems don’t want farmers to get any help. Puerto Rico should be very happy and the Dems should stop blocking much needed Disaster Relief!”
Trump has often been irritable and testy about Puerto Rico. Following the hurricane, Trump began to point fingers at politicians who he felt had betrayed him. On September 30, 2017, soon after the hurricane, he denounced the “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan” after the mayor criticized the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria. Trump then claimed that leaders of Puerto Rico “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria and the island continues to struggle in rebuilding. Still, Trump wants to make sure that this is not his “Katrina moment.”
“Multiple times I’ve heard [the president] talk about how you don’t want a Katrina moment,” a former senior Trump White House official said late last year. “You can’t do anything about what weather is going to do, but you can certainly manage the response and the optics of what you’re doing in addition to the substance of what you’re doing.”
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