On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” correspondent Abby Phillip analyzed President Donald Trump’s contempt for disaster victims in Puerto Rico.
“The president, as you know, has been tweeting about Puerto Rico, as a powerful new storm threatens to strike as soon as tomorrow,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “This is what the president tweeted. He said, ‘Wow! Yet another big storm heading to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end? Congress approved 92 Billion Dollars for Puerto Rico last year, an all time record of its kind for ‘anywhere.'” That number is misleading for many reasons, but he cited the $92 billion figure when talking about Puerto Rico. Is he signaling he may not be willing to provide more aid if necessary to the American citizens on Puerto Rico?”
“It does very much raise that question,” said Phillip. “I have to think back to when President Obama handed off the reins to President Trump, and you have to imagine that in those conversations the fact that there are natural disasters that the president has to deal with is one of the things that he would have been told going into this job. You don’t get to control that part of the job. It doesn’t ever stop. Mother Nature doesn’t ever stop.”
“President Trump seems to be in some ways implying that the Puerto Rican people are bringing this upon themselves or that they are — the source of some kind of headache for him by potentially, in the future, requiring more disaster relief funds,” continued Phillip. “But that is just a part of the job. And you’re right, Wolf, the number the president used in that tweet is not accurate. It is an estimate — a guess about what they might need in the future. Only $20 million has been allocated as of right now for that island, that was basically devastated by multiple hurricanes in a row.”
“So these are people in desperate need. These are American citizens,” added Phillip. “And President Trump seems to continue to be unwilling or hesitant to help them in their time of need and a lot of that has to do with his political disputes with people on the island. Political leaders on the island.”
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CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.
The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."
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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."
WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon
President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.
However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.
Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.