Trump tweets about Puerto Rico's infrastructure, debt in wake of Hurricane Maria

"The View" co-hosts discuss the president's handling of the crisis in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.
6:16 | 09/26/17

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Transcript for Trump tweets about Puerto Rico's infrastructure, debt in wake of Hurricane Maria
It's only an hour show. There are desperate pleas this morning coming out of Puerto Rico which is dealing with the devastating aftermath of hurricane MARIA. Now, the official white house Twitter response noted that the country is already suffering from broken infrastructure, massive debt, and is in deep trouble. Um, I'm not sure that's what they needed to hear right now from the guy who is supposed to be running the country. Yeah. I wonder if he realizes that these are American citizens in Puerto Rico. This is part of America. Yes. And I think what was so frustrating when I saw his tweet when he talked about Texas and Florida are doing great, but Puerto Rico which was already suffering from broken infrastructure and massive debt is in deep trouble. Well 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 businesses, get this, have to buy goods off ofu.s. Ships made in the United States with American crews. Last I checked -- and 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. Puerto Rico doesn't have that. Just let me interject. His trump international golf club in Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy in 2015. He can do that but Puerto ricans and Puerto rican businesses, U.S. Citizens, cannot. The other thing is because you have to buy only from U.S. Ships and U.S. Crews, the prices are sky high, so it's very difficult for Puerto ricans to buy things in the country and it's very difficult for businesses. Where does Donald Trump make his stuff? Mexico and China. That's something that Puerto ricans cannot do. What they need to hear right now is help is on the way because what's going on is they're having hysteria. People can't reach them and they can't reach anyone else so FEMA is saying there's a lot of things happening but when you're going through this, fear is the dominant thing. They don't have food. There are mosquitos and diseases hitting them. Someone needs to say we got you. Criticize the political structure later. This is the time to say we won't let you fall, like we got you. He didn't criticize Harvey, the ones in Texas. No. I don't think he realizes that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. He's been told that. I don't think he realizes that. He didn't know Hawaii was part of the United States either. Very good point. That's just me. I'm surprised with the coverage he got for the two other that he -- that wasn't in his psychology to say I did really well. Why hasn't he visited Puerto Rico? He doesn't know where it is. Do you think this will affect him the way ka Karina affected bu George W. Bush. They don't have food, they don't have clean water. They have no safe place to be. The island could be without electricity for months, months. There is lack of temporarily housing. It's mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever. Tourism of course is not going to be happening. The agricultural sector could be set back for over a year and there is also now of course the major dam that is, you know, on the verge of failing. So these are the things that we, as American citizens, have to think about and we have to find out where we can bring things like soap and toothpaste and -- Diaper. Diapers and all kind of stuff. I think the fdny has a drive and there's another place, but these are our brothers and sisters. These are our people. And so, if we can help, we should. Well maybe we should put that on our website. Yeah. And I am surprised that, you know, because Puerto ricans are United States citizens, I'm just so surprised that there was this swell of support when the hurricanes hit Florida and hit the mainland, but we have heard silence from so many citizens. I just -- it's hurtful. What do you think is the reason? I hope it's not because Puerto Rico has a lot of brown people. And I hate to put it out there but I really hope that that's not the case, that people don't realize that these are your brothers and sisters. Well, the federal government may be having a different response than the people because I know lots of people have been trying -- because here and all over the country, you know, Puerto ricans are everywhere in this nation, so everyone is trying to get ahold of family. So, you know, local markets are doing stuff but the federal government also needs to step up and take care of Puerto Rico as we've taken care of Florida and everywhere else. Isn't that the big ship -- The other thing might be too though, it's easier for people to relate to the idea that it hit three states away or a place they've been before. Sometimes it's a more innocent reasoning that in their minds they're like Puerto Rico is that -- like they don't necessarily know -- I hope so. I'm not saying that's a reason to but on the heels of two other major ones I think it's less that people are judging it. It's just that with it being an island -- Its everywhere. Think about the places like barbuda and -- I hope that it's innocent. I do hope that. There are 12 places that we have to help get back in shape. I mean, some places like Puerto Rico, barbuda, gone. Barbuda is completely gone. Completely gone. And you know, it's just -- it's so overwhelming but we have to do this as human beings we have to take care of each other. Yeah. And you know, I'm going to say something because people were very upset that I called him the bum in chief yesterday. Oh really? Yes, they were very upset with me, and so I will apologize. Do you mean it? Yeah. Yeah, I do actually.

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