Trump Scolds Puerto Rico: ‘You’ve Thrown Our Budget a Little Out of Whack’
Compares Death Toll to ‘A Real Catastrophe Like Katrina’
President Trump met with the governor of Puerto Rico late Tuesday morning and scolded the U.S. territory for costing the federal government money.Â
â€œI hate to tell you, Puerto Rico,Â but you’ve thrown our budget aÂ little out of whack because weÂ spent a lot of money on PuertoÂ Rico,” the president said. “That’s fine, we saved a lot of lives,â€ he added.
President Trump: “Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack” https://t.co/3DSMX2ysAx
â€” NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2017
The president made his remarks while seated next to the First Lady andÂ the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo RossellÃ³. Trump had just mentioned his budget director,Â Mick Mulvaney, saying,Â â€œMick is in charge of a thing called the budget.â€
The president went on to tell attendees at the small gathering, which was not a live press conference, that they should be proud that the current death toll is 16. (that figure is expected to rise) unlike “aÂ real catastrophe like Katrina.”
President Trump compares Puerto Rico death toll to Hurricane Katrina: “16 versus literally thousands of people… You can be very proud.” pic.twitter.com/C7sLretiUE
â€” NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2017
â€œEvery death isÂ a horror, but if you look at aÂ real catastrophe like Katrina,Â and you look at the tremendousÂ hundreds and hundreds andÂ hundreds of people that died,Â and you look at what happenedÂ here with really a storm thatÂ was just totally overbearing,Â nobody has seen anything likeÂ this,â€ the president said.
â€œWhat is your death count as ofÂ this morning, 17?” he asked the governor.
â€œSixteen people certified,” Gov. RossellÃ³ said.
â€œSixteen people certified versus inÂ the thousands,â€ Trump repeated. â€œYou can be very proud of all ofÂ your people, all of our peopleÂ working together.Â Sixteen versus literally thousands ofÂ people.Â You can be very proud.â€
Trump added that he thought everyone “watching… can be really proud of what’s taken place.”
He did not express any support for victims of the hurricane. Instead, Trump kept the focus on himself and political leaders, praising his response and theirs.
It was just this morning President Trump blamed Puerto Rico for not assisting the federal government enough.
“We need their truck drivers,” Trump toldÂ reporters. “Their drivers have to start driving trucks. We have to do that. So at a local level they have to give us more help.”
Trump did not mention the mayor of San Juan, who wasÂ present. She has been very vocal with her criticisms of the TrumpÂ administration’s response to Hurricane Maria. Trump reportedly “ignored” MayorÂ Carmen YulÃn Cruz, who he attacked as a poor leader while suggesting PuertoÂ Ricans are lazy, just days ago.
Today was not the first timeÂ Trump has blamed Puerto Rico, and not the first time he has complained about the financial costs of the two, back-to-back hurricanes Puerto Rico has endured. Trump has not onceÂ complained about costs in Texas andÂ Florida, or the surrounding states, and in fact demanded Congress pass an aid package quickly to help those two states.
One week ago the president took to Twitter to blast PuertoÂ Rico, and to lament over their debt crisis, warning Wall Street will have to be repaid. He did not mention one word about he human suffering.
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Trump Desperate to Keep Any Possible Criminal Evidence From Supreme Court: Legal Expert
Donald Trump’s decision to allow one of his lawyers to speak before a grand jury on Friday morning, instead of appealing all the way to the Supreme Court, may have been made out of fear of what the justices on the nation’s highest court might see if they reviewed the case.
According to MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin, under normal circumstances, the former president would have dragged out a legal fight over attorney-client privilege that would have kept attorney Evan Corcoran from testifying under oath about Trump’s possession of government documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort that led to the FBI showing up with a warrant.
As Rubin notes, the fact that Trump let Corcoran testify over three hours raised eyebrows.
“For one, yes, it is indeed unusual, if not unheard of, for a lawyer to be litigating against a party one day and then testifying under court-ordered examination by that same party the next one,” she wrote before suggesting Trump and his legal team were looking at the long game when he might need the predominantly conservative Supreme Court to lend him a helping hand.
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Writing, “Trump has made clear he believes this Supreme Court — controlled by conservative justices, three of whom he appointed — owes him one,” she added, “My hunch is that Trump’s team let Corcoran’s testimony happen because of what’s likely involved in any request to pause, much less, review a crime-fraud-related ruling: the evidence.”
“Put another way, if Trump had petitioned the Supreme Court to stay Corcoran’s testimony and document production, the justices would have seen some, if not all, of what Judge Howell and the three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit have already reviewed: proof that Trump misled Corcoran and engaged in criminal conduct,” she elaborated.
Rubin went on to note that Trump would likely appeal any conviction to the Supreme Court, writing, “And for someone whose one last hope, if he is ultimately charged or tried by any of the multiple entities now investigating him, is that same Supreme Court, letting the justices see evidence of his alleged crimes now would be a bridge too far.”
“Trump can’t afford to lose the Supreme Court yet,” she suggested.
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No TX Congressional Republican Will Say If They’re Attending Trump’s Rally in Waco – Will He Have Trouble Filling Seats?
Donald Trump‘s Saturday campaign rally in Waco, Texas, falls during the 30th anniversary of the 51-day siege that community is known for, when 86 people died after a failed ATF raid on an anti-government religious cult suspected of illegally stockpiling firearms amid allegations of sexual abuse, statutory rape, and polygamy.
Experts have been warning for a week that Trump’s choice of Waco, synonymous with violent anti-government extremism, was no accident. His rhetoric this week, including most recently Friday when he warned of “potential death & destruction” should he be indicted, has been seen as encouraging violence.
NCRM was among the first news outlets to report experts’ concerns over Trump’s choice to hold a rally in Waco during the 30th anniversary of the deadly siege.
Not a single congressional Republican from Texas will say they are attending, nor has the town’s GOP mayor, according to a report from Insider, which contacted over two dozen Republican lawmakers and other elected officials.
“None of the 30 Texas Republicans Insider contacted about the event said they were going,” Insider reveals.
“Most of the 30 GOP members contacted about Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to the site of a 30-year-old standoff between cult leader David Koresh and federal authorities did not respond to requests for comment about whether they intended to rally with the scandal-plagued candidate and perhaps say a few kind words,” Insider reports.
“Rep. Pete Sessions, a Waco native who now represents the surrounding 17th congressional district, praised Trump for shining a light on his hometown but said he’d have to miss the spectacle,” Insider adds. “Aides to Rep. Troy Nehls, one of the four House Republicans from Texas who have formally backed Trump’s 2024 run, told Insider he wouldn’t be heading to Waco because of a prior commitment in Washington, DC, this weekend.”
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Meanwhile, in addition to guest list challenges – the campaign refused to tell Insider who the guest speakers will be – Trump may have trouble filling seats.
Mary Trump, the ex-president’s niece who opposes him, has been running a campaign to get anti-Trump Americans to “sign up” for tickets to the Saturday rally, in the hopes of being able to turn away supporters.
Let’s fill this venue with empty seats.https://t.co/3tGSfan5iw
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) March 24, 2023
“Donald has a rally in Waco this Saturday,” she also said via Twitter. “It’s a ploy to remind his cult of the infamous Waco siege of 1993, where an anti-government cult battled the FBI. Scores of people died. He wants the same violent chaos to rescue him from justice.”
“But we can stop him. If we book the 50,000+ venue, we can make sure most of the seats are empty when the traitor takes the stage,” she said. “We can no longer fail to hold powerful men accountable for their crimes against our country.”
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‘Utter Cowardice’: Jim Jordan Blasted for Telling Reporter He Can’t Read Trump’s Violence-Threatening Post Without Glasses
Countless GOP lawmakers over the years have professed ignorance over Donald Trump’s tweets as reporters ask them to respond, often claiming they hadn’t read them, but House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan took that performance to a whole new level Friday afternoon.
NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur asked the Ohio Republican congressman to weigh in on Trump’s social media post threatening “potential death & destruction” if he gets indicted.
“Jordan said he hasn’t seen Trump’s post,” Kapur said via Twitter. “When I showed [it] to him on my phone, he said he can’t read well without his glasses.”
“He added he’s reviewing DA Bragg’s letter,” Kapur added.
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Jordan, who didn’t need glasses to appear on Fox Business just two days ago (photo) is getting blowback.
VICE News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich explained the progression.
“The stages of ignoring incitement,” he tweeted. “2016: I don’t respond to tweets —> 2018: I havent seen the tweet —-> 2023: I literally can’t see the tweet.”
“Utter cowardice,” declared former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh. “Not at all the @Jim_Jordan I knew & served with in Congress 10 yrs ago. Or…maybe it is.”
“The sheer dishonesty and cowardice of these people,” lamented MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, echoing Walsh’s remarks.
Government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics said the “extent to which Trump’s backers in Congress are going to not condemn [his] calls for violence are ludicrous.”
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Some tied Jordan’s inability to see the post to his apparent inability to see or remember all the Ohio State wrestlers who say they complained to Jordan when he was their assistant coach, about being sexually harassed or assaulted by the team doctor. To this day despite numerous reports and people publicly coming forward, Jordan denied it ever happened.
“Apparently, Jim Jordan is unable to see wrestlers being sexually abused or Donald Trump social media posts,” attorney and Republican turned Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted.
“Well, @Jim_Jordan has shown before that he has trouble seeing threats right in front of his nose, so this checks out,” tweeted historian Kevin M. Kruse.
But Jordan’s Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may have served up the best response: “Why do you need your glasses to condemn violence @Jim_Jordan?”
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