Puerto Rico may have had enough “spin” to last many lifetimes, but as Donald Trump limbers up his hoagie hand, the White House planned out their approach to the day will play out well before Melania sinks her stilettos into San Juan.


The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible.


So, in addition to the shocking reveal that Puerto Rico is an island, the plan is to release the little-known news that the island was hit by a storm. Donald Trump did not visit to personally rip out the electric lines and turn off the water—so he can’t be blamed. Ok. Job done.

Instead, the blame goes to local politicians whose own homes have been destroyed …


“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.”


The media …


“Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to "get Trump."


And, of course, lazy Puerto Ricans.

Trump has done a great job. A great job. A …

Only despite a few minor difficulties ...


Puerto Rico is devastated.” ...



Puerto Rico was totally destroyed. …



“The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes” ...


And it’s own bad planning


“Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.” ...



“Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”



”The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot.”



”Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!”


Americans on Puerto Rico just won’t help themselves …


“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”


That’s despite almost one-third as many federal workers being sent to Puerto Rico as were deployed to either Texas or Florida following hurricanes that cause much less damage in those areas.

It’s extra special since Trump delivered the message about the poor leadership of Puerto Rican politicians and the sad dependence of the Americans who live on the island from his golf resort. And today Trump will make the sacrifice of riding on a massive jet with his own bedroom, meeting room, and catered food, to visit people who are still mostly living without power, water, or adequate food. But he won’t see the ones with the biggest need — just like everyone else.


As two Puerto Rican journalists and I walked through Ciales, a mountain town hit hard by Hurricane Maria, and surveyed the profound devastation on Saturday, at least a dozen residents approached us with the same question: Are you from FEMA? …



But according to residents, none of those 10,000 federal workers have made it to Ciales, just 45 minutes from San Juan.