And yet, Trump could not bear to stay for the entirety of his scheduled five-hour visit.
Share Blue’s Oliver Willis reports that Trump was scheduled to depart Puerto Rico at 5:05pm after five hours on the American island, but more than 70 minutes ahead of schedule, White House pool records show that Air Force One had already departed.
To be fair, most Americans have had a trip or two that they wished would end early, but few of them have been as humiliating as Trump’s Puerto Rico stop-in.
The president set an early tone for the trip by blaming Puerto Rico’s residents for his own botched response, whining about the cost of the recovery, disrespecting San Juan’s mayor, and patting himself on the back for doing a heckuva job.
From there, Trump tossed out supplies to victims like a gameshow host handing out awards and telling them they didn’t need some of the goods he was helping to deliver. He finished by telling hurricane victims, many of whom remain without electricity and potable drinking water, to “have a good time.”
Trump in Puerto Rico
He tells hurricane survivors to “have a good time.”
— Shareblue Media (@Shareblue) October 3, 2017
Of course, humiliating acts are nothing new for this president. The truth is, Trump sees no value in disaster response except for public relations, and once he made his appearance and said his insulting piece, he was ready to leave the poor people to their own devices and return to tweeting and demeaning on dry land.