Trump refers to Virgin Islands governor as its 'president'

14 October, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Wade Massey
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This claim was quick to draw ridiculed because the Virgin Islands are an American territory - which means Trump himself is actually the president of the Virgin Islands.

"Can't wait for the summit between Trump's President of the Virgin Islands & Rick Perry's President of Puerto Rico", he wrote. These are people that are incredible people, they've suffered greatly.

Yes, during a speech Friday morning Trump brought up the ongoing hurricane relief efforts and mentioned that he had met with the president of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands is a US island territory that was ravaged by Hurricane Maria after first being hit by Hurricane Irma. "We're going to be there", he added.

The official White House transcript corrected Trump's remarks by putting "governor" in brackets next to "president".

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The Virgin Islands were devastated by Hurricane Maria, which also left nearby Puerto Rico nearly entirely without power. "Now that I also know about the Virgin Islands, my number must be off the charts".

The president has come under fire for his response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, starting with the fact that he did not seem to know that he was president of that territory, or that its residents are United States citizens, either.

Trump, speaking Friday, promised his help for regions pulverized by a marathon of tropical storms - a day in the wake of taking note of government alleviation endeavors can't remain in Puerto Rico "until the end of time".

Perry then apologized. Earlier in the hearing, he correctly referred to Puerto Rico as a territory.

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