If you missed Geraldo Rivera’s appearance on Fox & Friends this past Friday, discussing President Donald Trump’s visit to the island of Puerto Rico, it’s a must see.
For what it’s worth, Rivera’s family lives in Puerto Rico, and saw Trump’s visit firsthand. And despite what the mainstream media would have you believe, they said 90-95 percent of the people the president met were actually enthusiastic about his visit.
“He has been getting the worst, most dishonest press about his visit to Puerto Rico,” Rivera said.
“It is staggering to me how unfair — how grotesquely unfair — the reporting has been,” he added.
Also, Rivera pointed out last week that reports attacking Trump are “fake news,” namely one from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who made a false claim via Twitter regarding a cholera outbreak within Puerto Rico.
Further to the “fake news” claims, on Thursday, Trump had tweeted that first responders would not be on the island forever. Naturally, this was not well received across liberal fronts.
…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
If basic services aren’t restored, starvation and disease will set in. We could have a cholera outbreak IN THE US, the first since 1910!
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) October 12, 2017
However, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly came to Trump’s defense, saying his tweet reflects the proper disaster response.
“I think he said the U.S. military and FEMA can’t be there forever. Right?” he asked the reporter questioning him. “First responders. The minute you go anywhere as a first responder — and this would apply, certainly, to the military — you are trying very hard, working very hard to work yourself out of a job.”
“There will be a period in which — we hope sooner rather than later — to where the U.S. military and FEMA, generally speaking, can withdraw because then the government and the people of Puerto Rico are recovering sufficiently to start the process of rebuilding,” he added.
“So this country, our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done. But the tweet about FEMA and DOD — read: military — is exactly accurate. They’re not going to be there forever, and the whole point is to start to work yourself out of a job and then transition to the rebuilding process,” he concluded.