Transcript for Trump faces backlash on Puerto Rico, NFL
President trump is facing criticism for his respse. His first tweet on Puerto Rico last night, and another defeat on health care. The last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare, meaning it doesn't have the votes to pass before this week's deadline, and the president is digging into his fight with the NFL. He is claiming a backlash against players who kneel. Cecilia Vega in Washington with more on this. Good morning. Let's begin with Puerto Rico. The president had that tweet last night, but also seemed to criticize the island. Reporter: Yeah, George, and he went on in those tweets to emphasize that island's massive debt crisis, all the money owed to Wall Street, and by our count since Saturday, the president has tweeted about sports 23 times. About Puerto Rico just three times. As you can imagine the criticism has been pouring in from celebrities to members of congress on capitol hill. The white house response to this, they say, the FEMA administrator has been on the ground, and the adviser to the president was on the ground. They say the federal response has been unprecedented, but look, the president is likely to face a lot more criticism if he is tweeting about this debt crisis while millions of people are still without power. This fight with the NFL continues into this morning. Yesterday at the white house press briefing, you pressed the press secretary, Sarah Sanders. Reporter: Does the president believe there are very fine people who kneeled yesterday or are they all S.O.B.S? You're trying to conflate things here. We respect the rights people have, but we have to focus. This is about the president being for respecting our country through symbols like the American flag. And Cecilia, the president seems to be enjoying this fight. Reporter: Yeah. They are just absolutely defiant on this one. As you just mentioned, he is back up and tweeting again about this. Take a look. It says, ratings for NFL football are way down, except for game starts when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected. The white house says this is not about race or the president being against something. They say this is not about him not being focused on other priorities. They say this is about president trump defending patriotism, but with those images right there, as you can see, so many people on fields and outside of fields across this country completely disagr disagree. A lot more division on this one. Cecilia Vega, thanks very much.
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