NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was furious this week after President Donald Trump singled out Puerto Rico in negative tweets.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, Mark-Viverito said of Trump’s tone on Puerto Rico, “It’s cruel and I think it’s sadistic.”
There have been no similar declarations about storm-ravaged areas of Texas or Florida, which were hit not long ago by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, respectively.
When asked why Puerto Rico has been treated differently, Mark-Viverito said, “I believe it’s racist in nature.”
She said Puerto Ricans are still suffering.
“They’re not getting better because of the health care crisis, right. We have a very fragile infrastructure, health care infrastructure that is on life support,” Mark-Viverito said.
She is hoping Congress will not turn its back.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended the president this past Thursday.
“The tweet about FEMA and DOD — read, military — is exactly accurate,” he said. “They’re not going to be there forever.”
But he said the U.S. will stand with Puerto Rico until the job is done.