Puerto Rico vs. Florida and Texas

Puerto Rico vs. Florida and Texas

Residents affected by Hurricane Maria waiting in line for fuel donated by the Fuel Relief Fund in the municipality of Orocovis, outside San Juan, Puerto Rico. Credit Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

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Floridians are “amazing people,” President Trump tweeted after Hurricane Irma. “We’re going to see some of the folks and make sure they’re happy,” he said in Fort Myers. Texans, for their part, “have done a fantastic job of getting things together” after Harvey.

“We are with you today, we are with you tomorrow, and we will be with you EVERY SINGLE DAY AFTER, to restore, recover, and REBUILD!” he told Texas. Florida received the same message, right down to the: “EVERY SINGLE DAY.”

And Puerto Ricans? They “want everything to be done for them,” Trump has tweeted. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

After Harvey made landfall, Trump used his weekly video address to deliver a message of unity. “When one part of America hurts, we all hurt,” he said. “We don’t ask their names or where they are from — we help our fellow Americans every single time.”

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