This morning, President Donald Trump sent off a series of tweets telling the people of Puerto Rico that the federal government wouldn’t be providing aid to the island “forever” while also stating that Puerto Rico was a “disaster” before Hurricane Maria decimated the territory.
With the tweets causing widespread outrage due to being seen as insensitive, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported today that sources informed him the president sent those social media dispatches in order to settle a personal political score.
“I talked to Republican sources in touch with people here at the White House who said that essentially that tweet was posted by the president earlier this morning to go after the San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been seen here at the White House as a thorn in the side of the president in the last couple of days,” Acosta told anchor Wolf Blitzer.
Acosta added that Trump feels that Cruz has been in the headlines too much for criticizing him in recent days, and the Tweets were a way to tell her that the aid to Puerto Rico “is not going to be going on forever.” The CNN reporter went on to highlight that one source told him that Trump doesn’t seem to understand what is going on with the recovery in Puerto Rico.
As for the president’s recent trip to Puerto Rico that included the image if him tossing paper towels at hurricane survivors, Acosta said a source who advises the White House explained that the “optics of that were just terrible, and that the White House has to do something to get this image problem turned around.”
Following Trump’s tweets this morning, Cruz fired back on Twitter, calling the president the “hater in chief” and exclaiming that Puerto Ricans will not be left to die.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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