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‘The View’ Debates Donald Trump’s Response To Puerto Rico Hurricane (VIDEO)

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“The View” co-hosts debated on Tuesday whether President Donald Trump has adequately responded to the crisis in Puerto Rico following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Watch the videos below.

The president finally addressed the developments in Puerto Rico on Monday night after releasing a brief statement last week. Trump tweeted, “Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble. It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated.” He continued, “Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well. #FEMA.” The president later added, “We are working hard. Much food and water there/on way.”

But during a “Hot Topics” segment on the morning talk show, many members of the panel questioned Trump’s commitment to the recovery of the U.S. territory. Whoopi Goldberg argued, “I’m not sure that’s what they needed to hear right now from the guy that’s supposed to be running the country. I wonder if he realizes that these are American citizens in Puerto Rico. This is part of America.”

Sunny Hostin similarly expressed her frustration at Trump bringing up the island’s economic problems, saying, “Guess what Mr. Trump, the reason that Puerto Rico is in deep debt is a little something called the Jones Act, which means Puerto Rican business have to buy goods off of U.S. ships made in the United States with American crews.” She continued, “Also, Puerto Rico doesn’t have bankruptcy laws, so when you get into trouble you can’t bail yourself out like Trump did three times with his businesses.”

Sara Haines further stated that Trump should be showing nothing but support for Puerto Rico during this difficult time and can “criticize the political structure later.” Joy Behar noted that the president “didn’t criticize” Florida’s infrastructure amid Hurricane Harvey, prompting Goldberg to opine, “Because I don’t think he realizes that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. He didn’t know Hawaii was part of the United States either.”

Later in the show, news broke that Trump will visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday. The president released a statement saying, “It’s the earliest I can go because of the first responders, and we don’t want to disrupt the relief efforts.” But Behar argued, “[George W. Bush] flew over Katrina, remember? He could have flown over it just for the optics of it.” Hostin further noted that two weeks is a long time to wait before visiting, but Goldberg contended, “I have to say, and I’m no fan [of Trump], but it may also be the inability to land. I know they can land some smaller planes, but I think Air Force One is a little larger and they may not be ready for it.”

Behar, however, felt that even if Trump wasn’t able to land in the territory, he should still “get on television and talk from your heart about the pain people are going through. That’s what presidents do. They have leadership qualities.” Hostin added, “He had a lot of time to tweet about the NFL.” Watch the full videos below.


 


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