Donald Trump spent last night and this morning lashing out at Puerto Rico, an island which is a U.S. territory so White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley tried to explain to Hallie Jackson on MSNBC why the president is attacking the island but it didn’t go over very well. Gidley tried to defend Trump’s claim in his tweets that Puerto Rico has received $91 billion in disaster aid money following the two hurricanes that devastated the island. Jackson, though, noted that over half of the $91 billion is only pledged to Puerto Rico, so it’s never been received.
Then, Gidley alleged that it was more money than any state or territory has ever received for disaster relief but Jackson pointed out that Louisiana received more to recover after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
At least twice during that interview, Gidley referred to Puerto Rico as “that country.”
Toward the end of the interview, Jackson asked Gidley if referring to Puerto Rico as “that country” was a “slip of the tongue, then Gidley responded “that was a mistake … yes, 100 percent.”
Jackson pressed on to ask Gidley whether he thought it was a concern that a “slip of the tongue” referring to Puerto Rico as “that country” was happening inside the White House.
“No, a slip of the tongue is not on purpose Hallie, that would by definition be a slip of the tongue,” he said. “It’s a territory and the problem is they’ve mismanaged all the money we’ve sent.”
Gidley went on to praise Trump for visiting Puerto Rico a year and a half ago, then shifted back to bashing the island’s government.
Trump tried to claim that Puerto Rico has received $91 billion in the wake of the two hurricanes, but again, that’s just not true.
Puerto Rico got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane, more money than has ever been gotten for a hurricane before, & all their local politicians do is complain & ask for more money. The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2019
Trump, too, obviously seems to think that Puerto Ricans are not U.S. citizens, Gidley calling the island “that country” makes me wonder if he thinks that Puerto Rico is one of the “three Mexican countries.”
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