The ladies on ABC’s “The View” are not Donald Trump fans — and on the show Monday, they devoted a fair amount of time to criticism of the way the president has handled the response to Hurricane Maria.
They seemed particularly concerned with the fact that he tweeted about the devastation in Puerto Rico and had not yet gone there.
During Monday’s show, however, the news broke that Trump was planning a trip to Puerto Rico as soon as he felt that his presence would not be a hindrance to local relief efforts.
That was when Joy Behar chimed in, suggesting that Trump could have at least “flown over” to Puerto Rico — clearly, she forgot the public relations disaster that dogged former President George W. Bush when he was photographed flying over Katrina.
On Tuesday’s show, the ladies spoke via remote with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló — after showing a video clip of President Trump bragging about how great the response has been so far:
Sara Haines: Governor, this is Sara. We saw a clip of President Trump saying the White House is doing a “great job.” How do you think they’re doing in terms of response, and do you think it’s enough?
Governor Rosselló: Well, certainly here’s the two components we need to consider. Number one, the president has been in contact with me almost on a daily basis. He is aware of the devastation. I thank him for issuing emergency declarations, issuing disaster declarations verbally as the storm was hitting Puerto Rico. He has also given instructions to FEMA and other federal agencies to help Puerto Rico. That effort is ongoing, and it’s very good. It’s very effective.
Rosselló continued to explain the ongoing problems that Puerto Rico is facing — mainly the manpower and ability to get relief from the Capitol into the outlying areas:
There are some logistical threats that we’re facing. A lot of people in Puerto Rico that used to truck gas or food from one place to the other have not reported. The logistical transportation of the help that’s arriving to Puerto Rico is kind of becoming a bottle neck.
What we need are some human resources, which we requested, and FEMA has established the Corps of Engineers and Special Forces from the D.o.D. that are going to be coming to Puerto Rico so they can help in transportation, medical safety. They can help with fuel lines. They can help with a whole host of things. I know it’s a challenging situation.
Let me put this in this context. It’s the most devastating event in Puerto Rico. Two Category 4 or 5 hurricanes passing in the span of two weeks. The U.S. Citizens that live in Puerto Rico — the proud U.S. Citizens that live in Puerto Rico want to work, want to deal with the emergency.
We also are looking forward to special aid package from Congress. I call upon Congress to act quickly. A lot of messages of solidarity by congressmen and women. I’ve spoken to them. Our ask [sic] is to treat Puerto Rico equally. Attend to the devastation. If we do that we can avoid a humanitarian crisis in the United States and put Puerto Rico back on the path to recovery and in the long run build it stronger than ever.
That settles that.