Trump’s Headless Government

When the crisis hits.

Irrespective of the realities on the ground, Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico was declared a political disaster for Donald Trump well before it warranted that status. Among a diverse set of invested political commentators, “Trump’s Katrina” amounted to a perverse wish fathering an ugly thought. That was last week. The president now deserves the criticism he is receiving. For amid a humanitarian crisis and an increasingly frantic scramble to distribute resources to the Island, the president occupies himself by attacking his critics, calling his political opposition in Puerto Rico “ingrates,” and luxuriating at his New Jersey clubhouse. On Sunday, Trump dedicated a golf trophy to the storm-ravaged and displaced.

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