Trump's opposition to critical aid has forced Puerto Rico to cut Food Stamp benefits

Trump to Alabamans affected by the recent devastating tornadoes: “To the families and friends of the victims, and to the injured, God bless you all!”

Trump to Puerto Ricans still reeling from Hurricane Maria: Hold your horses.

The Washington Post:

Puerto Rico has started cutting benefits paid out by a food stamps program used by more than 1 million of its residents, as federal lawmakers have not provided the island with additional emergency disaster funding amid opposition from the Trump administration.

On Monday, Puerto Rico started reducing food stamp benefits by an average of 25 percent, part of an effort to sustain a program that has seen a dramatic increase in demand in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, said a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s department of family affairs.

The Trump administration, which has famously dragged its feet in response to the humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico, has now belatedly given its support to $600 million in Food Stamp aid that’s included in a broader measure backed by Sen. David Perdue. But WaPo notes that there’s no timeline for passage of the bill, and no assurance that it will pass.

Meanwhile, Trump has previously betrayed the depths of his callousness when it comes to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.

The Trump administration had previously dismissed House Democrats’ proposed $600 million plan to extend additional aid as “excessive and unnecessary,” amid a report in The Washington Post that President Trump told top White House officials he did not want a single dollar going to Puerto Rico because he thought the island was not using the money properly and was exploiting the federal government.

Hmm, well, red states have been exploiting the federal government — and blue states — for years. It’s curious that he hasn’t noticed that. Then again, they’re red, not brown.


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