Trump blasts mayor of San Juan on Twitter...

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    Trump to Puerto Rico: Show us the money

    With Puerto Rico in a worsening humanitarian crisis, President Donald Trump continues to hold the U.S. territory's debt over its head.

    It is difficult to fathom just how irresponsible and entirely beside the point Puerto Rico's debt is when it comes to its current situation. Puerto Ricans are Americans, just like the people in parts of Texas and Florida that the government is helping after two other major hurricanes this season.

    Yet on Friday, Trump doubled down on holding disaster aid hostage to the U.S. territory's debts, which total about $70 billion..

    "Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort, [which] will end up being the biggest ever, will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island," Trump said in a speech on Friday.

    The fact that Puerto Rico is an island is, in the eyes of Trump, Puerto Rico's fault.

    Trump also observed the Puerto Rico is an island and that this geography therefore makes recovery difficult. Trump's comments have consistently painted Puerto Rico as a foreign place with foreign people, rather than a home to more Americans than about 20 fully-fledged states.

    The president also seemed to be comfortable putting the shipping industry's interests first. He was slow to suspend the Jones Act, which mandates that anything shipped to Puerto Rico be on U.S. owned and operated vessels. This makes shipping between the U.S. and Puerto Rico very expensive, which raises the costs of goods for island residents.

    Trump wasn't exactly secretive about this, saying on Wednesday: "We have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the Jones Act lifted."

    Trump to Puerto Rico: Show us the money
     
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    What you clowns are forgetting is that there were three major hurricane, two struck the US mainland before Maria hit Puerto Rico, Should the Feds have drops everything they were doing in Texas and Florida and given priority to Puerto Rico?
     
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    The Dirty Racist Democrats always politicize natural disasters.

    Left Wingers are complainers, not doers.
     
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    The mayor can't get locals to drive trucks to distribute the aid materials, and it's Trumps fault?

    This is a fuking stupid talking. Smart asks "Why won't locals show up?"

    The country is devastated. The don't show up for several reasons:

    They can't get there.
    They have a family that's hurt.
    They are afraid of driving the truck into an area they could be attacked by desperate survivors.

    And probably another three for four reasons I never thought of.

    The US spends hundreds and hundreds of billions on a military for fuking defense. This is defense. The country has been attacked. Get them out there helping these people.

    Like Gen. Russel Honore asks, where are the air drops with paratroopers to protect the supplies and see they are distributed fairly?

    Where are Aircraft carriers?

    Where are the helicopters?

    Where are military tricks and drivers?

    Where are army engineers to mend the airports?

    We have all that sh!t, why the fuk aren't we using it?

    Because Trump and Republicans are awful people. They just don't care. And what Republicans on the USMB say proves it beyond a doubt.
     
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    Glad you don't resort to lumping people into stereotypes, Nosmo! (Eye Roll) Funny how conservatives always contribute more to charity than liberals do...yet we're the ones who are lacking in empathy?
     
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    3 storms, 3 responses: Comparing Harvey, Irma and Maria

    Almost a week since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the US recovery efforts there have been markedly different from the recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida.

    Fewer FEMA personnel are in place. Grassroots donations from fellow Americans are much smaller. The US territory still remains without power. And President Donald Trump has yet to visit.
    Those differences are partly because of issues unique to Puerto Rico, an island that already had a weakened infrastructure, a government struggling through bankruptcy -- and that had only just been hit by Hurricane Irma.

    Hurricane Harvey: For Hurricane Harvey, FEMA had supplies and personnel positioned in Texas before the storm made landfall on August 25. Within days, the number of FEMA employees, other federal agencies, and the National Guard deployed topped 31,000, FEMA said. In addition, FEMA supplied 3 million meals and 3 million liters of water to Texas to be distributed to survivors.

    Hurricane Irma: Even more federal personnel responded to Hurricane Irma when it made landfall in Florida on September 10. More than 40,000 federal personnel, including 2,650 FEMA staff, were in place by September 14. In addition, FEMA had transferred 6.6 million meals and 4.7 million liters of water to states in the Southeast after Irma as of the 14th.

    Hurricane Maria: By comparison, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have seen much fewer personnel since Hurricane Maria hit, according to FEMA. In a tweet on Monday, FEMA said that more than 10,000 federal staff were on the ground in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands assisting search and rescue and recovery efforts.

    3 storms, 3 responses: Comparing Harvey, Irma and Maria - CNN ~ From 3 days ago
     
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    This isn't a war you buffoon! It's a natural disaster. As with all natural disasters...it takes time to get supplies and aid to the affected area. When the affected area is an island and not the mainland it takes even longer. This has nothing to do with politics...except in your biased mind!
     
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    Gee, what's different between Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico? Ah...oh yeah...two are massive States that are part of the mainland and which you can stage relief within a days drive and still keep relief workers safe...one is a small island. I don't know who's worse...you for buying CNN's story...or CNN for putting it out the way they have!
     
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    Numbers don't seem to agree?
    http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/
     
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