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Why Trump Does Not Give a Damn About Puerto Rico – He Thinks They Are Mexicans

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Forget President Trump saying this week he “met the president of U.S. Virgin islands – himself. Trump does not “give a damn about” Puerto Ricans and residents of the island say they believe the president sees them as Mexicans and not Americans.



Trump may be mistaken in his view of Puerto Ricans as non American citizens and Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan thinks she knows why. She said Trump is treating the island’s residents as “second class citizens” or worse non-Americans, and differently than he treated Floridians and Texans after recent hurricanes in those states, because he doesn’t believe they are U.S. citizens.

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“He’s treating Puerto Rico different than the U.S. treated Haiti,” Cruz said. “For some reason, he’s taking all of his anger out on Puerto Rico,” the mayor said in an interview.

“There’s a big disconnect between the big heart of the volunteers and the people that are here working on the ground and, frankly, the big mouth of the president of the United States that continues to add insult to injury,” she added.






Since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, Trump has acted as if the island is not part of the United States. Last week he complained that Puerto Ricans were relying too much on the federal government for help even though 85% of the island is destroyed and the residents have no way to help themselves.

Trump also engaged in a feud on Twitter with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz accusing her of “poor leadership.”

“ ‘Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.’ says Sharyl Attkisson,” Trump tweeted citing the host of a public affairs show on the conservative leaning Sinclair Broadcast television stations. “A total lack of accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

“Rather than being a commander-in-chief, he’s like a hater-in-chief,” she said. “He continues to tweet his hate all over the place, and rather than offering comforting words — hey, if you can’t be a president, be an executive. Make sure that all ducks are straight in a row and that you are getting things done.”

Mayor Cruz condemned the tweets as adding “insult to injury”. “Tweet away your hate to mask your administration’s mishandling of this humanitarian crisis,” she said, addressing the president.

“While you are amusing yourself throwing paper towels at us, your compatriots and the world are sending love and help our way. Condemn us to a slow death of nondrinkable water, lack of food, lack of medicine while you keep others eager to help from reaching us,” Cruz added referring to the incident where Trump was throwing paper towels as residents when he went to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage.






Earlier this week, Cruz hit the president again saying he is incapable of “fulfilling the moral imperative” to help Puerto Ricans. She tweeted: “@POTUS It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you.!”

“Rather than being a commander-in-chief, he’s like a hater-in-chief,” she said. “He continues to tweet his hate all over the place, and rather than offering comforting words — hey, if you can’t be a president, be an executive. Make sure that all ducks are straight in a row and that you are getting things done.”

Trump responded that Puerto Ricans were aware of “how bad things were before” hurricanes Maria and Irma struck the island last month, echoing previous suggestions that the island’s poor infrastructure was in part responsible for the damage Puerto Rico sustained.

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“The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the [hurricanes]. I will always be with them!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Puerto Rican governor Ricardo A. Rosselló who has been more mooted in his response so far reminded Trump that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

“I reiterate my plea that, as U.S. citizens, we are not asking for better treatment or less treatment,” he said. “We are asking for equal treatment. We’re not asking for anything that another U.S. jurisdiction, having passed through the same situation, wouldn’t be asking at this juncture,” he said.

 

 

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