Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Dem Congressman Slams Trump Using Spanish Accent to Say Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump speaks before signing a National Manufacturing Day Proclamation in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Friday Oct. 6 2017 US President Donald Trump talks of calm before the storm
Lillian Steele | 08 October, 2017, 01:14

Trump delivered a short speech in which he discussed the contributions of the Hispanic community in the U.S., doling out praise but also slipping in criticism.

Drawing sharp criticism for his initial response ("They want us to do everything for them") to the toll Maria took on Puerto Rico - critics say that Drumpf was slow to recognize the magnitude of the hurricane's impact and overstated the effectiveness of federal recovery efforts.

"No matter who we are or where we come from, we are all Americans", Mr. Trump said during remarks at the reception in the East Room.

Sanders later mentioned North Korea when discussing the president's "storm" comments. For instance, during Black History Month, he explained that "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an awesome job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed". He did all right when responding to the emergencies in Texas and Florida, but Puerto Rico is different, apparently. Instead, our president is preoccupied in attacking football players exercising their right to free speech, kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against the country's systemic and continuing racism, another issue about which Trump has little if any interest.

The comments come after Mr Trump fell under fire during a visit to the USA territory earlier this week where he joked that recovery costs after Hurricane Maria had thrown his budget "out of whack" and compared the devastation to a "real catastrophe" like 2005's Hurricane Katrina. He also compared their death toll to that of Hurricane Katrina and said the Puerto Ricans should be "proud" only 16 of their people were killed.

The senator also expressed his hopes that Tillerson, Mattis and Kelly would keep their positions, as reports have suggested that Trump's advisers and allies have called on him to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

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