Full video of today’s press conference,
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And more aid arrives,
Read my post, Pres. Trump goes to #PuertoRico
I’m having some computer issues, so blogging may be light. Your patience is appreciated.
Ed Morrissey has the skinny on Trump & the mayor of San Juan.
Commenter old Timer adds,
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Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act to bolster Puerto Rico relief
THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT
In addition to all the aide en route to and already in Puerto Rico, in the very short term the best thing the Trump administration can do is to waive the Jones Act (a.k.a. Merchant Marine Act of 1920).
Pres. Trump is visiting PR next Tuesday. I urge you to call the White House at Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414, and email, right now urging the President to suspend the Jones Act during this emergency.
I have a post coming up at noon on Pres. Trump’s UN speech, but wanted to point out separately a very important point: The purpose of the UN, as delineated in the speech.
Elliot Abrams (h/t Just One Minute) explains it (emphasis added),
He reminded the delegates that the United Nations was never meant to be a gigantic bureaucracy that would steadily become a world government. Rather, he said, it is an association of sovereign states whose strength depends “on the independent strength of its members.” Its success, he argued, depends on their success at governing well as “strong, sovereign, and independent nations.”
Trump cleverly turned patriotism — love of one’s own country, and what he called the necessary basis for sacrifice and “all that is best in the human spirit” — into the basis for international cooperation to solve problems that nations must face together
Latin Americans view the UN and other international, non-elected, supra-national organizations (such as the International Court of Justice) as saviors of sorts – regardless of corruption and other scandals. They would do well to live by this instead (and I repeat): The UN’s success depends on their [countries’] success at governing well as “strong, sovereign, and independent nations.”
But then, that would be truly revolutionary, wouldn’t it?
Pres. Trump talked about Venezuela during a dinner he hosted last night at the Palace Hotel,
Trump calls for democracy to be restored in Venezuela ‘very, very soon’ but avoids talk of a ‘military option’
– President Donald Trump met with a group of Latin American leaders Monday
– He said the Venezuelan government was ‘collapsing’ and the people were ‘starving’
– He said the U.S. was prepared to take ‘further action’ if the Maduro administration persisted in imposing ‘authoritarian rule’
– He called the situation ‘completely unacceptable’
– Trump said in August there was a ‘possible military option’ for Venezuela
Brazil’s President Michel Temer was among the guests, along with the presidents of Colombia (Juan Manuel Santos), Panama (Juan Carlos Varela) and Peru (Pedro Kuczynski), and Argentina’s vice president Michetti.
In case you wonder, the Palace Hotel is owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.
While we in Florida and the Caribbean were getting pounded by Hurricane Irma two weeks after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Mexico was hit by a 8.1-magnitude earthquake and Hurricane Katia,
At least 90 people were killed in the 8.1-magnitude quake, which struck at midnight Thursday off the Pacific Coast of southern Mexico. The worst hit was the Zapotec indigenous city of Juchitán in Oaxaca state. In all, 71 people died in Oaxaca state, 15 in neighboring Chiapas state and four in the Gulf state of Tabasco, local authorities said.
Hundreds of aftershocks have struck since Thursday night’s temblor. A 4.4 quake was recorded Sunday morning near the Oaxaca coast by Mexico’s Seismic Service.
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Hours later, Hurricane Katia, a Category 2 storm that had lingered offshore for days, hit Veracruz state. The storm weakened quickly as it moved inland but dropped rain that swelled rivers over their banks, collapsed roads and killed two people in the state capital of Xalapa.
Here in the U.S., Robert Reich couldn’t let a crisis go to waste, and posted on Facebook,
The Mexican government has rescinded its generous offer to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Officials offered food, generators, and medical aid, but Trump never responded. Nor did Trump offer help to Mexico following the massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake there last Thursday that killed 95 people and injured hundreds. In fact, Trump couldn’t even muster a tweet to express condolences.
Once again, Trump has thumbed his nose at one of our closest allies and brought shame on our country. He is no leader; he’s an international embarrassment. What do you think?
Reich really does not want to know what I think, of course; he’s simply echoing the Dem talking points as laid out in the LA Times headline, After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump’s failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.
Never mind the fact that Mexico is already overstretched in a crisis, and that the U.S. had already responded. The Dems are carping at Pres. Trump because he didn’t tweet condolences.
The LA Times got around to mentioning Secretary Tillerson on the last two paragraphs,
Several hours later, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray received a phone call. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the line.
“Tillerson offered his condolences for the loss of life and the devastation caused by the earthquake in Mexico and from Hurricane Katia,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “He emphasized to Foreign Secretary Videgaray that the U.S. government stands ready to assist our neighbors in Mexico during this difficult time.”
Too bad Reich didn’t read that far.
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.