Trump Went To Bed Mad At Puerto Rico And Woke Up Mad At Puerto Rico

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President Trump can’t stop tweeting his angst about Puerto Rico and the money the federal government spent on the island’s hurricane relief efforts after it was devastated — and nearly 3,000 were killed — by Hurricane Maria last year.

In a string of tweets that started just before 11 p.m. EST on Monday night and reignited after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Trump berated the U.S. territory’s leadership, whom he described as “crazed” “incompetent and corrupt” and suggested that he was the “best thing that ever happened” to the island.

Trump’s response to the catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico has been criticized from the start, when he raised the island’s debt to the federal government when talking about disaster relief efforts (and flung paper towels at survivors). After Republicans leaked to the press that Trump was whining last week about the amount of relief funds the government has given the island, Puerto Rico’s governor shot back with a scathing statement, reminding Trump that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.

On Monday, Senate Democrats blocked a disaster aid bill because it didn’t do enough to address the need in Puerto Rico.

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