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Friday, October 20, 2017

Jenna Johnson, Washington Post: Some supporters of the president, like Fred Maddox, agree with Trump that Puerto Rico's infrastructure was frail before the storm; that the crisis was worsened by a lack of leadership there; and that the federal government should limit its involvement in the rebuilding effort, which will likely cost billions of dollars. But others, like Mary Maddox, are appalled by how the president talks about Puerto Rico and say the United States has a moral obligation to take care of its citizens.

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Those in the [Texas] neighborhood without flood insurance were able to apply for and receive assistance from FEMA -- including the Maddoxes, who recently had $14,000 in federal money land in their checking account. ...

[Mary] Ramirez said the government should encourage those living in the hardest-hit areas [of Puerto Rico] to move to the mainland, out of the direct path of hurricanes and into communities with more-reliable infrastructure.

"I object. I object. They should stay where they are and fix their own country up," [David] Hogg responded softly, shaking his head, wrongly referring to the U.S. territory as a separate nation.

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"I object. I object. They should stay where they are and fix their own country up,"

Once again their own words give them away.

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-20 07:53 PM | Reply

They can't be real Americans....they mostly speak Spanish.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-20 07:53 PM | Reply

A lot of Puerto Ricans are brown.
This comes as no surprise.

#3 | Posted by anton at 2017-10-20 10:51 PM | Reply

I hope the people of Puerto Rico who have to leave relocate to a swing state and remember all of this when they walk in that booth..

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-20 11:10 PM | Reply

Many Guard and FEMA employees and volunteers were rushed to Puerto Rico where they stood around for two weeks waiting for something to do. Initially supplies were limited because this US colony is only allowed to trade with the USA. No one else can deliver supplies. At first Trump insisted this regulation stay in place but eventually he rescinded it, temporarily. Later the Guard and FEMA made excuses, like the roads wren't open, when they were open. Then later still they started throwing undistributed food and water in dumpsters instead of distributing those supplies. Then Trump graded his own performance a 10. But things are still a mess in our Caribbean colonies, including the Virgin Islands. Republicans are focused on giving themselves a tax break. Trump was focused on war with North Korea, but then changed his mind and focused on war against Iran, after Netanyahu called him.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-21 12:48 AM | Reply

As of this moment the amount of water and food delivered to PR after a month still lags behind what was sent to New Orleans in the first 10 days after Katrina. Then on top of that there are 10 times as many people

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-21 02:31 AM | Reply

That's because it's an island. With big water around it. Duh!

#7 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-10-21 08:34 AM | Reply

It's an island and we don't have any boats or ships or planes or helicopters. It isn't as if we have machines which could have reached the most remote regions on the island within just a few days after the hurricane. What we didn't have? A government with the will to do it.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-21 09:14 AM | Reply

Wow. Just wow.

#9 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-10-21 01:07 PM | Reply

I've long felt that Texans should take care of their own country.
They should start by leaving the US.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-21 01:31 PM | Reply

I've long felt that Texans should take care of their own country.
They should start by leaving the US.

#10 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

We tried that a while back, and folks like you fought a war to keep us.

#11 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2017-10-21 01:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

We shoulda kept you as a territory, like Puerto Rico.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-21 01:56 PM | Reply

this US colony is only allowed to trade with the USA. No one else can deliver supplies. - #5 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-21 12:48 AM

This is untrue.
In modern times, Puerto Rico has been able to establish several treaties and trade agreements mostly with Hispanic American nations due to their cultural and linguistic similarities. Today, Puerto Rico has trade agreements with Colombia and Panamá, along with strong ties with its neighbors in the Caribbean Sea, particularly with the Dominican Republic and the United States Virgin Islands.

Separate source:
For a century, the United States has been by far Puerto Rico's largest trading partner, accounting for 60 percent of imports and 88 percent of exports in 1999. The remainder of the island's trade is with various nations from Europe, Asia, and the Americas

Third source because I'm tired or people spouting this untruth:
In 2011, GAO said, two-thirds of the ships serving Puerto Rico were foreign ships. 55 different foreign carriers provided imported cargo to Puerto Rico in a single month as cited as an example by GAO

#13 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-10-21 08:17 PM | Reply

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