Reversing Course, Trump Seeks to Reassure Puerto Rico

Reversing Course, Trump Seeks to Reassure Puerto Rico


Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, 83 percent of the island was still without power, 36 percent had no running water and 45 percent was without telecommunication services. Hospitals were operating on generators, and while most supermarkets were open again, the government was struggling to ensure that they were stocked.

Mr. Trump, who has used Twitter in the morning to vent his latest grievances or frame his latest fights, went after Democrats, President Barack Obama’s health care program and the “fake news” media on Friday morning.

A day after announcing that he would cut off subsidies to insurance companies and signing an executive order that critics said would undercut Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Mr. Trump argued that Democrats should work with him to repair the program.

“The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding,” he wrote. “Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!” He added that he would continue to dismantle the program using executive power. “ObamaCare is a broken mess,” he wrote. “Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!”

He also assailed the opposition party on immigration. “Hard to believe that the Democrats, who have gone so far LEFT that they are no longer recognizable, are fighting so hard for Sanctuary crime,” he said, referring to sanctuary cities that limit assistance to federal authorities cracking down on illegal immigrants.

He also pressed his campaign against NBC News, which like other media outlets has angered the president with reports on turmoil within his administration, reports that he disputes. Mr. Trump, who this week threatened to try to revoke NBC’s license, even though it does not have one, retweeted a message from Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News host, who wrote, “The President will not be able to impact licenses, but he is doing major damage to the @NBC brand.”

Mr. Trump added, “Sadly, they and others are Fake News, and the public is just beginning to figure it out!”

Mr. O’Reilly, who once had one of the leading brands in cable television, was forced out by Fox in April after the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment accusations against him.

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Source: nytimes.com

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