Mulvaney: Media isn't showing federal effort in Puerto Rico

Mulvaney: Media isn't showing federal effort in Puerto Rico
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White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? On The Money: Sanders unveils plan to wipe .6T in student debt | How Sanders plan plays in rivalry with Warren | Treasury watchdog to probe delay of Harriet Tubman bills | Trump says Fed 'blew it' on rate decision The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions MORE said Sunday that President Trump is dismayed with the media over its coverage of Puerto Rico because news organizations are not covering “the federal effort” to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria.

In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Mulvaney said while news organizations have covered Puerto Rico’s residents, who have largely been without power and water, they are not covering the administration’s response.

“What you’ve not shown, however, is the federal effort that we’ve got in place down there,” Mulvaney said when asked about Trump’s tweet urging those in Puerto Rico not to “believe the #fakenews.” “So I think that’s where the president’s pushback is.”


"To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews!" Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday.

"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 president added.

Mulvaney added on Sunday that the recovery effort for the U.S. territory “was always going to be harder,” noting its distance from the mainland United States.