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As hurricane bears down, Trump makes it about himself

On Wednesday, Hurricane Florence churned towards the US East Coast. Due to this, Donald Trump assured Americans the government stood ready, and slipped in some bragging about his handling of monster storms in the past.

In his first tweet on the topic early, Trump compelled residents in Florence’s path to “be safe,” assuring them federal emergency workers were “ready for the big one that’s coming” — so far so normal for a US president addressing the population as a disaster looms.

Less conventionally, Trump also took the chance to talk up his past performance in the field — and take a swipe at those who question him.

“We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida,” the president tweeted, lamenting his administration had done “an unwelcome great job in Puerto Rico” — which he called “an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan.

Trump’s shot at Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz came after she derided his claim that the response to last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria had been an “incredible unsung success.”

The mayor fired back on Tuesday saying, “Shame on you” in response to Trump’s boasts, calling the operation a “despicable act of neglect.

 

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