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The president was speaking at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. on Sunday when one onlooker offered Trump a bitter retort about his handling of the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)

"You Don't Give a Shit About Puerto Rico": Trump Heckled at Golf Event

While president continues to give self-praise for hurricane relief efforts, spectator's remark offers firm rebuttal

Andrea Germanos

As President Donald Trump on Sunday was dedicating a golf trophy to victims of the Harvey, Irma, and Maria, a heckler shouted, "You don't give a shit about Puerto Rico!"

The president was speaking at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., and was in the middle of presenting the Presidents Cup trophy to the U.S. captain, Steve Stricker.

"On behalf of all of the people of Texas, and all of the people, if you look today and see what is happening, how horrible it is, but we have it under really great control. Puerto Rico and the people of Florida who have really suffered over this last short period of time with the hurricanes, I want to just remember them."

It was mid-way through Trump's next phrase—"And we're going to dedicate this trophy to all of those people that went through so much that we love, a part of our great state, really part of our great nation"—that the outburst happened.

The Independent has video:

Despite Trump's statement from the green that the situation in Puerto Rico is "under really great control"—and a tweet Sunday declaring, "We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates"—the administration has faced continued criticism over its response to the storm-ravaged island.

Most of the island's 3.4 million inhabitants are without power and half are without water nearly two weeks after Maria hit on September 20.

"My people are suffering. This is a disaster," said Carlos Mendez, the mayor of Aguadilla in western Puerto Rico, to CNN.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who was in Puerto Rico this weekend, called Trump's response so far as "disgraceful." 

"The United States of America is the most powerful, wealthiest country in the world. And this is not a response that's demonstrative of our power and our wealth," he said.


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