Last weekend, President Trump ignored the plight of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico while trashing NFL players for taking a knee during the national anthem. This weekend, however, he’s devoted much energy to lashing out at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for daring to criticize the administration’s slow response to the U.S. territory’s humanitarian crisis, and he fired more shots at North Korea. Let’s get started on unpacking the latest.
The feud began after Cruz — who stood in waist-deep flood water in a photo that went viral — slammed Homeland Security’s head for calling the response a “good news story.” She then begged the U.S. to save her residents from death. In response, Trump tweeted that Puerto Ricans “want everything to be done for them,” and he accused Cruz of being “told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.” On Sunday, Trump continued his attack-dog tactics. In a string of tweets, he praised everyone but Cruz, who is presumably one of the “politically motivated ingrates” that won’t let him #MAGA.
This is only the latest bizarre behavior from a U.S. official who spent the week marveling at how Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by a “big ocean,” and Trump also slammed the territory’s debt along with its infrastructure. All the while, residents didn’t have access to relief supplies that were stuck in the Port of San Juan because of blocked roads, fuel shortages, and a lack of cell service.
Also on Sunday morning, Trump trucked out his “Rocket Man” talk again. He says that he told Rex Tillerson, who recently revealed talks with North Korea, that he was “wasting his time.” And he added, “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Will these tweets be another “declaration of war,” according to North Korea?