AOC Reminds Trump, He’s Not The ‘Best Thing’ To Ever Happen To Puerto Rico
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a critical tone with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, issuing out a tweet to remind him he’s not been a good commander-in-chief for the island territory of Puerto Rico and its American citizens therein.
Trump issued a series of tweets warning the island about the impending storm, Dorian, throughout this past week, Newsweek reported. In each tweet, however, there was a jab toward government leaders in Puerto Rico.
“We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico,” Trump wrote earlier this week. “FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!”
In another tweet, Trump lamented about the aid dollars that the federal government has doled out to Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in September 2017. Trump’s tweet cited inflated numbers on the aid given, prior reporting from HillReported.com noted. He also wrongly stated that Puerto Rico had received more aid than any other place, ever, had gotten for hurricane relief.
In yet another statement online, Trump repeated his claims about aid given — and made another claim about his importance to Puerto Rico.
“Congress approved Billions of Dollars last time, more than anyplace else has ever gotten, and it is sent to Crooked Pols. No good!” Trump said. “And by the way, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico!”
Ocasio-Cortez, who was born in the mainland U.S. but has Puerto Rican heritage, took note of Trump’s self-praise, and tweeted her own remarks about Trump’s grandiose re-telling of events.
3,000 Americans died on your watch.
You’re not the best thing to happen to anybody but yourself. And even that’s questionable. https://t.co/NEoWUFd9cC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 29, 2019
“3,000 Americans died on your watch,” Ocasio-Cortez reminded the president. “You’re not the best thing to happen to anybody but yourself. And even that’s questionable.”
Most studies that examined how many people died in Puerto Rico had much higher estimates than the initial death toll that the administration cited.
The 3,000-person figure was based off a study conducted by George Washington University, which was tapped by the government of Puerto Rico to determine a feasible estimate in lieu of not having definitive numbers of how many had perished, the BBC reported.
Trump disputed these numbers, saying they grew “like magic” after the island initially reported just 16 deaths, the Washington Post reported. But those initial reports were based on official deaths recognized by a reporting agency in the territory, and were not viewed as legitimate numbers.