Hillary Clinton had a few choice words critiquing President Donald Trump’s response to the ongoing Puerto Rico crisis, as she shared them yesterday with host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. She was on the show to discuss her memoir, What Happened, as well as her children’s book, It Takes a Village.
Clinton talked about life after the election, and Fallon asked if she would have felt different had her opponent, who would later become president, been anyone else other than Trump. While still anticipating feelings of disappointment, she said she wouldn’t have worried for the country as she does now.
“I’ve thought about that a lot,” Clinton said. “If I had lost to another Republican — somebody who I disagreed with, but who I thought was temperamentally capable of being president, who would take the job, and the awesome responsibility seriously — of course I’d be disappointed, but I wouldn’t be so worried about my country and the world as I am now.”
Regarding Trump and his administration’s response to Puerto Rico, Clinton mentioned a tweet she had posted a week and a half ago on September 24, four days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, which urgently advised that the administration provide immediate aid by sending naval ships to the island: “President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens.”
President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens. https://t.co/J2FVg4II0n
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 24, 2017
At the time of her tweet, Trump was still busy persecuting kneeling NFL players on Twitter, and his administration’s response had been slow and stingy compared to its responses to Houston and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
In regards to the Trump administration’s response to Puerto Rico, Clinton admitted to Fallon that she was having trouble understanding the administration’s priorities:
What are the priorities if 3.5 million Americans — and Puerto Ricans are Americans, let’s make sure people remember that — if they aren’t the highest priority of your government in responding to such a terrible natural disaster. What are you people spending your time doing? Golfing? Tweeting? Watching cable TV? I mean, find some time to tell the Navy to get down there and rescue people and provide food and provisions and medical care.”
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