Omarosa: Trump Used ‘Derogatory’ Word For Puerto Ricans, John Kelly Fought Against Hurricane Aid For Puerto Rico
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in her new book that President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly “referred to Puerto Ricans with derogatory terms many times.”
In her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” Manigault Newman also claims that Kelly opposed aid for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, notes NBC News.
Manigault Newman said that Kelly blamed Puerto Rico’s “already screwed-up” infrastructure and suggested that Puerto Rico “was trying to exploit the hurricane to focus on the United States to foot the bill to rebuild their electrical grid.”
Manigault Newman wrote that she and Trump’s former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert tried to get immediate help for Puerto Rico, but “John Kelly shut it down.”
Manigault Newman recalled when Trump casually tossed rolls of paper towels to hurricane victims, which she called “cavalier behavior in the face of human tragedy”:
Just like Charlottesville, it was all about him. The devastated people loved him! He was unfairly persecuted by the media … His total lack of empathy is bad enough, but I believe many of the problems and delays with getting aid to Puerto Rico were partly political.
At the time of the tragedy, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz pleaded for help and described Trump’s response as “something close to genocide.”
Manigault Newman wrote that Trump may have withheld aid because of Cruz’s remarks:
The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz was openly critical of the U.S. response. I would not put it past Trump to punish the people of Puerto Rico to teach that woman of color a lesson.
The White House has not commented on Manigault Newman’s claims.