Hillary Clinton took a jab at President Trump on Monday, questioning whether the Republican knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.
Speaking during an interview on SiriusXM Progress, Clinton repeated the Democratic talking point that Trump spent more time over the weekend talking about NFL players than he did about the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which has claimed at least 18 lives.
During her tirade, Clinton took a detour to question Trump’s knowledge of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
“At the same time he was doing all of that,” Clinton said of Trump’s comments about the NFL, “we had American citizens in Puerto Rico who are in a desperate condition. He has not said one word about them, about other American citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
“I’m not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens,” she continued.
Trump has commented more publicly, mostly on Twitter, about the NFL and some of its players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem compared to Hurricane Maria. But Trump’s response to the storm has also been praised by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.
“First of all, we are very grateful for the administration. They have responded quickly,” Rossello said Monday in an interview on PBS.
While noting that Puerto Rico needs “unprecedented aid” to respond to the hurricane, he said that Trump “has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times.”
“FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice,” Rossello added.