After the worst outbreak of tornadoes in the South of America over the centuries, killing over 20 people and killing in Alabama, President Trump promised on Twitter that disaster relief will be fast, with the best administration possible – "The Plus Treatment" is a for the state that is needed.
"FEMA has directly told me to give A Plus treatment to the great state of Alabama and to the wonderful people destroyed by the towers." Trump wrote on Mondayreferring to the relief efforts of the Federal Emergency Agency.
Alabama Gov Kay Ivey (R), who said he was talking to Trump, thanked for the support.
But elsewhere – in the corners of a country hit by natural disasters – some leaders themselves wondered what U.S?
Trump is convinced that Alabama will receive the highest level of assistance, in sharp contrast to the terrible rhetoric that follows the terrible fire of California and Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico when he repeatedly threatened to cut federal support and fight with local politicians. Mayor of San Juan is "completely incompetent".
The difference between Alabama and Puerto Rico and California, according to the President's critics, is obvious.
"The President really treats people who have supported him in the past and those who have not," said Brian Ott, a rhetorical professor at Texas Tech University. “Not all life is equal to the President. . . The life of the red states and the life of the blue states are not.
The policy was about politics, said Ott, the author of "The Presidium of Twitter: Donald J. Trump and White Rage." In the 2016 elections, Trump lost 30 percent of California. In Puerto Rico, which does not have the presidential election, the voters chose Marco Rubio Senate (Fla.) Over Trump, Republican primarily.
De Trump won Alabama with nearly 28 points.
"The president politicized the recovery efforts in a way we haven't seen before," Rafael Lemaitre, an FEMA director during the Obama administration, said in an interview. “FEMA should be as many apolitical agencies as possible. It doesn't matter if you live in a red state or in a blue state.
Observers remarked that Trump's previous claims were: liberal leaders of the affected areas, criticism and intimidation.
In January, Trump attacked California officials who fought against the after-effects of hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest fires and destroyed thousands of structures and many people last year. He accused the mismanagement of forests and said without evidence that California does not need help if they take better care of them.
The President then issued an ominous warning: "Unless they get the action that is unlikely, I ordered FEMA not to send more money."
Before months, before the death camp and the Woolsey fires, Trump gave the state a similar ultimatum.
"California, go to the ball," he said at a conference of local officials in Alaska, Hawaii and California. – Because we won't give you more money. It's ridiculous, okay?
(However, Posta reported that it is unclear whether the President is still authorized to withdraw the FEMA funds already approved.)
In October 2017, Trump threatened to leave Puerto Rico at the peak of the humanitarian crisis following the hurricanes Irma and Maria. In an extraordinary remark by an American president, Trump warned that relief workers would not remain in the United States forever.
"We cannot hold FEMA, the military and the first respondents who were wonderful (in the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!
At that time, the Trump administration faced intense criticism of the subterranean response to destruction. During his visit to the island, he complained that the recovery effort "dropped our budget a little" and threw the paper towels thrown at the residents like free throws. He told the then Secretary General, John F. Kelly, "he didn't want to travel a single dollar to Puerto Rico because he thought the island was using the money badly and took advantage of the government," said The Post.
The President would continue the debate on the number of people who died after the landing of Maria Hurricanes and mistakenly suggest that the Democrats inflated the toll.
This week, after one of the worst disasters in recent American history, commentaries condemned Trump's different response.
"We are delighted that Trump devotes FEMA's full resources to the people of Alabama after the devastating tornadoes of people's homes," added Eugene Gu, a surgeon and a Twitter user who sued Trump after his president's personal account was blocked by him. "But when other states experienced similar disasters, Trump was completely careless and even meant. The rigid contrast is quite cruel.
– We would like to have a president who would give A plus treatment to anyone who loses his family and home, whether Republican, Democratic or Independent Gu added.
The FEMA spokesman did not answer the question of exactly what the agency's "A Plus" means.