Several of the women of ABC’s “The View” slammed President Donald Trump for his comments on the hurricane response in Puerto Rico — leading co-host Sunny Hostin to allege that the president and the government allowed people to die, as Mediaite reported.
With Hurricane Florence fast approaching the southeastern U.S. and due to make landfall on Thursday, Trump pointed to his administration’s emergency preparedness, saying he handled the situation in Puerto Rico well, despite what critics said.
“We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2018
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“I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.
“Puerto Rico was, actually, our toughest one of all because it’s an island, so you just — you can’t truck things onto it. Everything is by boat.”
“The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous,” he continued. “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success.”
This comes after recent reports found that nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of last year’s storm.
Co-host Abby Huntsman — new to the program — pushed back on Trump’s remarks, saying they were “indefensible” and “out of touch,” and that his response was reminiscent of the Bush administration’s approach to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Hostin took over from there.
The co-host — whose family was directly impacted by the Puerto Rico storm — gave Trump a verbal pummeling while talking about reports that the administration took $10 million away from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) — and gave it to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), noted Mediaite.
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“It’s humiliating, it’s embarrassing for our country, and I don’t think this president cares,” Hostin said heatedly. “If you’re in Florence’s path and considering riding it out, your president just said that a hurricane response where 3,000 die is his measure of success. Get out of there.”
The co-hosts questioned whether Trump even “cares” about how many died in Puerto Rico, and whether — as Whoopi Goldberg put it — “he’s living in a whole other realm of reality.”
The panel seemed to agree that Trump hasn’t done very much to convince the Puerto Rican people he really sympathizes with them.
Hostin further bashed the Trump administration for not doing enough to stop preventable deaths after the storm.
“We’re talking about the fact that this government allowed its own citizens to die,” Hostin said. “I thought that’s what we only saw in dictatorships.”
That comment took the panel by surprise as they took in the enormity of Hostin’s accusation.
Watch the dust-up in the video below.