Hillary Clinton Takes Trump to Task on Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

Hillary Clinton

Having tweeted Sunday to critique Donald Trump’s response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, Hillary Clinton followed up with more strong words for the president today on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes.

Trump “clearly doesn’t want to talk about Puerto Rico,” Clinton told Hayes. “More than three and a half million American citizens, along with the U.S. Virgin Islands — not interested. Doesn’t say a word about it. Now, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] is down there. I’ve called on him to send the Navy, particularly the naval hospital ship called U.S. Comfort — I really think that would be a big help — we don’t hear a word. And we don’t hear anybody high up in the administration; we don’t hear from the vice president or anybody else. So he doesn’t think that has any political relevance, and it’s certainly not personally important.”

Clinton tweeted Sunday that Trump should send the Navy, including the Comfort, to Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. The island, a U.S. territory, “remains largely without power, running water, fuel and access to cell service on Monday, five days after the storm first made landfall,” NBC News reports. Sixteen deaths have been attributed to the storm.

FEMA has reported that it has 10,000 workers in Puerto Rico delivering food, water, and other emergency supplies, but many residents say help has been slow in arriving, according to NBC. Trump visited Texas, Louisiana, and Florida in the past few weeks to review damage by recent hurricanes, but he has not been to Puerto Rico. Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, has likewise tweeted about the situation in Puerto Rico, forwarding a tweet from Politico's Colin Wilhelm saying that Puerto Rico has not received all the aid it has requested.

On other topics, Hillary Clinton told Hayes it’s “quite telling” that Trump has denounced black athletes for kneeling during the national anthem or not wanting to visit the White House, while not criticizing white supremacists or Russian President Vladimir Putin. She further discussed efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying she doesn’t think Trump even knows what’s in the various replacement bills that have been put forth — but he wants to get rid of the ACA simply because it was a signature accomplishment of President Obama. Watch two clips below. 

 

 

 

 

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