Trump Lashes ‘Corrupt’ Puerto Rico Ahead of Storm; Still Issues Emergency Declaration

Complains that billions of dollars in previous aid had gone to ‘Crooked Pols. No good!’…

Trump Continues Attack on Puerto Rico Hurricane ‘Fake News’ & ‘Ingrates’

U.S. Puerto Rico response/Photo by Official U.S. Navy Imagery (CC)

(AFP) President Donald Trump branded Puerto Rico “one of the most corrupt places on earth” Wednesday as the US island braced for its first major storm since being ravaged by Hurricane Maria two years ago.

Nonetheless, the president issued an emergency declaration for the territory on Tuesday night, which activates agencies “to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population.”

Trump has feuded continuously with the US territory in the wake of Maria, where he was widely accused of failing to bring sufficient help.

He says he did respond correctly and was never thanked properly.

As Tropical Storm Dorian bore down on the island, threatening a direct hit on population centers in the east, Trump decided to restoke the intensely personal row.

“Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt,” he tweeted.

Trump complained that billions of dollars in previous aid had gone to “Crooked Pols. No good!”

He ended the outburst by tweeting: “And by the way, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico!”

The island has been rocked by street protests this year that forced the resignation of its governor Ricardo Rossello in August.