Trump blasted reporting from Puerto Rico as fake news.' Heeding it might have saved lives.
Everything was going great, he said.
This was not a real catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina, he reassured the public, and any reports to the contrary were nothing but fake news -- the president's go-to expression for anything he doesn't want to hear.
The White House even put out a propaganda video to prove how swell everything was supposedly going.
Its first screen, showing government choppers to the rescue, accompanied by dramatic music, featured these words: "What the Fake News Media Will Not Show You in Puerto Rico."
"Because of #FakeNews my people are not getting the credit they deserve for doing a great job," Trump tweeted.
And in another tweet: "Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor."
Those words rang hollow then -- and, now, a stunning report from FEMA itself shows just how wrong his upbeat assessment was.
The Washington Post
Can't blame Trump for not knowing how bad it was going to be or for the warehouse being empty, but his ego and his fake news made things way worse than they needed to be.
If he was a decent human being he would have at least quietly sounded the alarm. But no - he's obsessed with winning so "winning" it was. Everybody's saying it was the greatest relief effort in history!