Rick Scott Rips Schumer for Trying to ‘Prolong a Political Fight with Trump’ Instead of Helping Puerto Rico

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Freshman Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is trading Twitter blows with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over a disaster relief bill that would have given aid to Puerto Rico and the Sunshine State in the aftermath of the hurricanes that ravaged the regions.

Taking to Twitter to express his disappointment with the Senate Democratic leadership, Scott — the former governor of Florida — torched Democrats and, in particular, Schumer on Sunday for playing “political games” with the disaster aid. He also included a portion of his CNN “State of the Union” interview in the tweet.

“To me, this is all politics,” he said in the clip. “This is Chuck Schumer trying to say he cares more about Puerto Rico than President Trump does.”

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Schumer hit back later that evening, asking Scott how he can claim to be “Puerto Rico’s voice” when he “support[s] a disaster bill that strips needed help from the island and is opposed by PR’s Governor.”

The Florida Republican returned fire against Schumer an hour later, proclaiming that the tweet is “a great example of why people hate politics” before blasting the New York Democrat for “lying” about the “bipartisan bill” in his tweet and correcting him on what the legislation actually does.

Schumer responded by attacking the legislation as not having “the long-term recovery & resilience aid” that Puerto Rico has been asking for and demanding that the Florida senator “stop the bull” and “stand up” to President Donald Trump.

Scott hit back by saying that he had been working with Trump, the Democrats, and his fellow Republicans “to get a deal done” and that Florida’s been waiting for disaster relief for six months.

He then lambasted the Senate minority leader as “shameful” and pointed out that Schumer was “more than happy to give Puerto Rico nothing” so that he could keep up his feud with the president.

Scott defeated former Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in the 2018 midterm elections in a close race, securing the seat by just over 10,000 votes. In a floor speech in the Senate, Scott said that he would be a “voice for the people of Puerto Rico” in the Senate.

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