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

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - MARCH 28: President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Van Andel Arena on March 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids was the final city Trump visited during h... GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - MARCH 28: President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Van Andel Arena on March 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids was the final city Trump visited during his 2016 campaign. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) MORE LESS

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.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriter:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: