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Trump Blames Puerto Rico for Crisis, Says FEMA Can't Stay "Forever"

Thursday, October 12, 2017 By Jack Johnson, Common Dreams | News Analysis
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Arian Rodriguez covers himself with a tarp as residents wait in the rain to register with FEMA more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on October 9, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images)Arian Rodriguez covers himself with a tarp as residents wait in the rain to register with FEMA more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on October 9, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

In less than an hour on Thursday morning, President Donald Trump went from encouraging Americans to watch his favorite show, Fox & Friends, to telling residents of Puerto Rico the crisis there is "largely of their own making" to ultimately saying that the US government cannot keep federal emergency workers there "forever."

The series of tweets comes as relief workers on the ground and Puerto Rican officials say the humanitarian crisis is much worse on the ground than the rosy picture Trump continues to paint.

Disgust aimed at the president came swiftly:

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Jack Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep

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Trump Blames Puerto Rico for Crisis, Says FEMA Can't Stay "Forever"

Thursday, October 12, 2017 By Jack Johnson, Common Dreams | News Analysis
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Arian Rodriguez covers himself with a tarp as residents wait in the rain to register with FEMA more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on October 9, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images)Arian Rodriguez covers himself with a tarp as residents wait in the rain to register with FEMA more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on October 9, 2017, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

In less than an hour on Thursday morning, President Donald Trump went from encouraging Americans to watch his favorite show, Fox & Friends, to telling residents of Puerto Rico the crisis there is "largely of their own making" to ultimately saying that the US government cannot keep federal emergency workers there "forever."

The series of tweets comes as relief workers on the ground and Puerto Rican officials say the humanitarian crisis is much worse on the ground than the rosy picture Trump continues to paint.

Disgust aimed at the president came swiftly:

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Jack Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep