The Independent reports:
Donald Trump on Friday claimed he was the “best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico,” despite personally blocking funding to the U.S. territory for years, even as the island tried to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. “I have to say in a very nice way, very respectful way, I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico,” Trump said during the afternoon press conference. “Nobody even close.”
In November 2018, nearly a year after Hurricane Maria decimated the island and took out its already ailing power grid, Trump told congressional leaders he didn’t want any more aid being sent, even though the island was still in bad shape and needed critical help in its recovery. Trump has also suggested that Puerto Ricans aren’t even Americans. Puerto Ricans have in fact been U.S. citizens since 1917.
Remember when Trump said he wanted to swap Puerto Rico for Greenland because its people are “dirty and poor”? Somebody obviously just told him there are a lot of Puerto Ricans living in Florida.
Donald Trump tried to sell Puerto Rico.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) September 18, 2020
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) September 18, 2020
Trump claims: “I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico.”
Trump personally blocked disaster aid to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 18, 2020
Trump, touting his admin sending additional federal assistance to Puerto Rico: “I’m the best thing to happen to Puerto Rico.” (he talked about trading the island for Greenland)
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 18, 2020
Trump is complimenting Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans, announcing billions in aid money. (Pre-campaign, he repeatedly complained about how much aid Puerto Rico was getting or wildly overstated the amounts.)
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 18, 2020
Trump, who has personally blocked aid to Puerto Rico in the years since Hurricane Maria (and who famously tossed paper towels in the storm’s aftermath), announces a pre-election infusion of government aid and declares “I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico.”
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 18, 2020
Trump: “Democrats don’t want to see” aid to Puerto Rico passed
Reality: In February the Democratic-led House passed billions in aid to Puerto Rico over the objection of Republicans pic.twitter.com/VbeBc4shec
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) September 18, 2020
Trump: ‘I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico’ 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/by029Kw7fJ
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 18, 2020