Geraldo Rivera comes to the defense of Trump on Puerto Rico death toll, RIPS the ‘political agenda’

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera came to the defense of President Donald Trump and his remarks casting doubt on the official revised death toll from Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico:

“They say all these people died in the storm in Puerto Rico, yet 70% of the power was out before the storm. So when did people start dying? At what point do you recognize that what they are doing is a political agenda couched in the nice language of journalism?” @GeraldoRivera

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018

More from Rivera noting that the infrastructure on Puerto Rico has been bad for long before Trump took office:

#PuertoRicans are American citizens by birth-yet those outside tourist areas & select suburbs live in an essentially 3rd World country w fragile to non existent infrastructure Colony must become a state, so islanders have rights guaranteed by their Constitution-our constitution

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 14, 2018

BTW on my paternal grandma’s side, we trace our heritage to now extinct Taino Indians-island’s original residents-off-shoot of Carib Tribe. I’m 10% aboriginal-Puerto Rico is in my blood. It needs more than political sniping-It needs finally to be not possessed but accepted by USA

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 14, 2018

Rivera has also been critical of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA):

@ShepNewsTeam just interviewed sincerely engaged leader of #DukeEnergy. His teams have already restored power for many of 400,000+ who have lost power. Contrast to #PREPA in #PuertoRico where incompetent crooks who drove utility into bankruptcy then ran for cover when grid failed

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 14, 2018

And he called out Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper and Chris Haynes for not mentioning all of the PREPA problems as a major factor in the island’s inability to rebuild quickly:

pal @AC360 @JakeTapper & @ChrisBHaynes never mention criminal negligence of #PREPA because it doesn’t fit the @realDonaldTrump has blood on his hands narrative.

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 14, 2018

But this really isn’t surprising for Rivera as he’s been tweeting about corruption on Puerto Rico and PREPA since the hurricane hit last September:

Don’t blame @realDonaldTrump Blame 2 historic storms back to back & blame #PREPA the bankrupt criminally incompetent ElectricPowerAuthority

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) September 29, 2017

In PR #GovRossello & #FEMA must seize #PREPA Bring in #FloridaPower&Light #EndtheDarkness Don’t give thieves tax $ to cover criminal neglect

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) October 8, 2017

This should still happen, by the way:

#FBI must probe-get indictments-arrest & prosecute thieves who bled #PREPA dry. They condemned Island to darkness & disruption after storm

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) October 17, 2017

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Related:

Trump disputes revised death toll on Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria https://t.co/rf00SdBQBe

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 13, 2018

UFC fighter Angela Magaña shares photo of Jesus painting that survived Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico https://t.co/rQk1FPBepO

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 22, 2017

Hurricane Maria about to make landfall in Puerto Rico as a Cat 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph https://t.co/FDiWJZ8PKb

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 20, 2017

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