President Trump is on track to repeat some of the greatest scandals of his predecessors, but with far less tact and competence. The investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is looking more and more like a possible Watergate, the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger is increasingly being referred to as Trump’s Benghazi, and the damage inflicted on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and the president’s subsequent botched response is clearly his Hurricane Katrina.
Trump failed to properly stock the island territory with adequate supplies and personnel and then dragged his feet sending more after the hurricane struck. He failed to immediately waive the Jones Act, causing a bottleneck that choked off relief to the island, because he was more worried about the business interests of shipping conglomerates than suffering Americans.
It was as if Trump set out to do everything within his power to make the crisis worse, and one can’t help but wonder if there was a racist motivation for all of it. The suspicion was strengthened when Trump said, “We cannot aid Puerto Rico forever.” The hurricane happened just over three weeks ago, and the president didn’t make similar comments about abandoning commitments in Texas or Florida.
According to Andrew Beatty of the Agence France-Presse, Trump has now given himself a rating for his response to the disaster in Puerto Rico, astonishingly saying he did a 10/10 job.
President Trump says “I give ourselves a ten” out of ten for the response to Puerto Rico storm. pic.twitter.com/LCBvyVCdrw
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) October 19, 2017
When one considers the slow federal response, Trump’s highly criticized petty feud with Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz, and the debacle in which he threw paper towels at victims of the hurricane, one would be hard-pressed to give Trump anything other than failing marks.
Even now, Puerto Rico is struggling. As of this week, only 15% of the island has electricity. At least a million American citizens are without potable water. Some Puerto Ricans have even resorted to drinking contaminated water out of desperation.
In Puerto Rico, some people have no choice but to drink contaminated water. Donald Trump — do your job and get them the resources they need. pic.twitter.com/uY87CmLkCA
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) October 16, 2017
The recovery efforts are far from over, and yet Trump is acting as if the situation is resolved and everything is back to normal. He lacks the compassion and attention span to shepherd the country through a trying moment like this, and he’s proven once again how unfit he is to be president.