Trump tells Puerto Rico residents: ‘Do not believe the fake news’

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President Trump warned Puerto Ricans to ignore the “fake news” media on Saturday as much of the island remains flooded and millions are without power and basic supplies.

In a series of tweets Saturday afternoon, Trump ripped “fake news critics” who are “working overtime” to attack his administration while “the people that truly matter” give his team high marks.


“To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews!” Trump tweeted. “My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every way…#FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we’re getting great marks from the people that truly matter!”

The tweets come after White House denial of a Washington Post report this weekend that claimed the administration “went dark” for four days last week after the president left for his resort in Bedminster, N.J., spurring critics who have already ripped the administration’s disaster response.

“We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this terrible disaster,” Trump wrote Saturday.

In the report, the Post claims that Trump spoke only once, briefly, last Friday with acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke about the unfolding crisis in Puerto Rico, and didn’t speak again with Duke until that Tuesday.

“Neither Trump nor any of his senior White House aides said a word publicly about the unfolding crisis,” the Post reported. “Administration officials would not say whether the president spoke with any other top officials involved in the storm response while in Bedminster, N.J.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hit the Post earlier Saturday, calling the report “false.”

“WP story on PR is false. @POTUS gave military & first responders 100% support & has been updated daily on efforts by Gen Kelly and @fema,” Sanders tweeted.

Trump returned to his resort in Bedminster this weekend, but was slated to have several phone calls during the day on relief efforts in Puerto Rico and neighboring areas.

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