Trump tweets at 7:14am & 7:18am these two tweets:
Following this Fox news clip at 7:00am.
Fox did not go on to play the full interview in the 7-8am hour, which is not particularly unusual. what is important is we can see how Trump’s talking points regarding Puerto Rico in particular, and regarding pretty much everything in general, are in large part formed by what tidbits he picks up from Fox news.
Pay attention to the narrative being formed now by the Trump administration regarding Puerto Rico.
- DHS didn’t actually decline to waive the Jones Act to speed up delivery of goods to Puerto Rico. They were just, as of Wednesday “thinking about it.”
- Trump lifted the Jones Act restrictions on Friday when Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello asked for it. As if that was the key. Despite the fact Trump could have unilaterally lifted it and Congress had asked for it to be lifted on Monday. so you see, that’s all Puerto Rico’s fault.
- The Puerto Rican Governor, says everything is A-OK as far as receiving help from the Trump administration.
we have to be wondering how Puerto Rico’s reaction to how the administration is handling this catastrophe, suddenly changed to a more conciliatory tone yesterday afternoon. If you’re like me you’re wondering if one of these types of phone conversations went down:
“Because you and I are both at a point now where we are both saying we are not to pay for the wall. From a political standpoint, that is what we will say. We cannot say that anymore because if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that. I am willing to say that we will work it out, but that means it will come out in the wash and that is okay. But you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall. I am just going to say that we are working it out.”
“But you cannot say that to the press. The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances.”
There’s no explanation for these utterly retarded remarks from Trump, regarding the fact that the Jones Act would not be lifted:
I don’t know if Trump actually had a talk with anyone from the shipping industry, maybe he did. The point is he has already mentioned twice that he is looking at Puerto Rico from a business perspective- an opportunity for rebuilding…before we’ve even dealt with the actual emergency itself. In the case of mentioning the shipping industry’s interest before the lives of our fellow Americans, we have to wonder if he actually thought this was red meat he was tossing to his cult followers. “That’s right, America first! Not the needs of some island full of Mexicans somewheres!”
Be mindful of the narrative from the administration and Fox news. we’ll see it throughout the forthcoming days. We helped Puerto Rico when they asked for it, so that’s their fault and, there’s a financial burden Puerto Rico is causing us, which our great American industries and financial sector will have to address.