Donald Trump is in Puerto Rico today assessing the damage from Hurricane Maria, and in typical Trump fashion, asked the Puerto Rican officials with his to go around the table to praise him.
CNN host John King mocked Trump on his show, saying Trump tried to turn the trip into “a love fest for him and his team.”
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The commentary comes after Trump praised federal and local officials for their response to Hurricane Maria while speaking to reporters in San Juan, and asked for praise back.
“I think it’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done, and people are looking at that,” Trump said.
“And in Texas and in Florida, we get an A-plus. And I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just as good in Puerto Rico, and it’s actually a much tougher situation. But now the roads are cleared, communications is starting to come back. We need their truck drivers to start driving trucks.”
During his weekly program, “Inside Politics,” King remarked that “this president is unique.”
“We have seen this time and time again. He communicates in a unique way and loves to be told, and said it himself, that ‘I’m doing a great job,’” King said.
“It was remarkable. … Somebody explain why he does things this way,” a vexed King asked his panel.
And Twitter agreed:
— LGBT Puerto Rico (@lgbtpr) October 3, 2017
Donald Trump is now requiring local officials in Puerto Rico to praise his administration’s relief efforts. This is not how democracies work
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 3, 2017
Donald Trump is asking Government officials in Puerto Rico to kiss the ring and praise him. It's always all about Trump.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) October 3, 2017
This is essentially a praise-fest by Trump before he's even seen any of the damage in Puerto Rico firsthand
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) October 3, 2017
Trump is currently in Puerto Rico, calling on his sycophants to praise him, and to repeat previous praise. All hail the Dear Leader!
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) October 3, 2017