President Donald Trump once again found a way to attack Puerto Rico’s officials at a time when the island is threatened by an impending storm approaching quickly while recovering from hurricanes that hit it two years ago.
“We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.
Later on in the day, Trump launched yet another attack on Puerto Rico’s government, calling it “corrupt” while praising himself.
“Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt. Congress approved Billions of Dollars last time, more than anyplace else has ever gotten, and it is sent to Crooked Pols. No good! And by the way, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico!” he said on Twitter.
His attacks on the U.S. territory’s officials have prompted some to claim they were motivated by racism, especially considering the significantly different approach the President has taken toward storm victims in the continental part of the United States.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in late 2017, Trump clashed with San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who again criticized the President this week, saying he had not learned his lesson.
“It seems like some people have learned the lessons of the past or are willing to say that they didn’t do right by us the first time and they are trying to do their best. That is not the case with the President of the United States. We are not going to be concerned by, frankly, his behavior, his lack of understanding, and it is ludicrous,” she said for CNN.
“Three thousand Puerto Ricans did not open their eyes this morning because this racist man did not have it within him to do his job. So get out of the way, President Trump, and let the people who can do the job get the job done,” the mayor added.
Tropical storm Dorian is expected to be near a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Puerto Rico and could strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall in Florida over Labor Day Weekend. The island’s residents are preparing for heavy rains and strong winds.