Trump Flees Questions About His Despicable Threat to Puerto Rico

| OCT 12, 2017 | 5:34 PM
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Having almost forgotten to sign the executive order that will turn the health care system into the insurance equivalent of “Death Race 2000,” Donald Trump followed it up by ignoring questions about his apparent willingness to abandon Puerto Rico as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.

Here is Trump leaving the signing ceremony while ignoring a reporter's shouted questions about the island territory:

“Mr. President, what did you mean by your Puerto Rico comments this morning? Mr. President, are you committed to Puerto Rico for the long term?”

Puerto Rico's governor, whom Trump has often praised for the last three weeks (mostly, it seems, because Gov. Ricardo Rosselló keeps flattering the president's response to the hurricane, which is what one has to do to get Trump to move on anything), would also like to know.

Rosello took to Twitter to push back on the idea the president had floated of abandoning Puerto Rico — or at least not giving it the resources it needs to recover:

Roselló didn't call the president out by name, which was probably wise. Still, Trump won't like hearing that his commitment is being questioned, even though he is the one who brought it into question in the first place.

It's one thing for San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to be upset by Thursday morning's statement since the administration already ignores her. But someone Trump sees as his buddy? That will sting.

In a sane world, Roselló's question would get Trump to redouble his efforts to help the island. In this world, it will likely lead to anger from a thin-skinned president who is easily angered by criticism.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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