“Sixteen versus in the thousands,” Mr. Trump said, comparing the storm’s certified death toll to the 1,833 killed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, which he described as a “real catastrophe.”
“You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together,” he said. “Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.”
‘Your people’ versus ‘our people’…Really!?!?
Nearly two weeks (13 days) after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, this Tuesday, President Trump paid our fellow citizens (via the 1917 Jones-Shaforth Act) on the island a visit to comfort and provide hope for a storm-displaced populace with a promise of aid and recovery.
Despite Puerto Rico and The U.S. Virgin Islands being somewhat geographically isolated by water, nearby states are seemingly not as compelled to offer neighborly assistance to — what a majority of Americans believe to be non citizens.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.”
These U.S. territories will discernibly require more in terms of logistics-military, medical, engineering, and food supplies for this recovery and rebuild mission. This is due to the degree and scope of the displacement after a major hurricane. The preexisting debt held by these territories is as irrelevant as the preexisting debt held by the states of Texas and Florida, which was curiously never brought up upon their request for federal aid.
“In Texas and in Florida, we get an A-plus,” Mr. Trump said. “And I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just as good in Puerto Rico.”