Trump takes aim at Cuba, Venezuela at Hispanic heritage event

Posted October 08, 2017

"Is North Korea the storm?" asked White House reporter April Ryan.

Melania Trump hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month event on Friday at the White House in a flamenco-style red skirt from Carolina Herrera and matching Manolo Blahnik BB heels. For those living in a bomb shelter, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were smacked around by Hurricane Maria and have since been struggling to get back on its feet. This mechanism exists only for Puerto Rico, as it is prohibited by a 1984 federal law from seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

That got a laugh from the crowd of Hispanic leaders gathered in the East Room of the White House, and Trump' s other statements of support for the recovering USA territories drew cheers.

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"And we also love Puerto Rico", he added in his usual accent to some laughter in the audience.

The president says sanctions will continue until Cuba gives political freedom to its people.

The African-American abolitionist died over a century ago.

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Puerto Rico general-obligation bonds due in 2041 traded Friday for an average of 35 cents on the dollar after tumbling as low as 28 cents this week. Instead, our president is preoccupied in attacking football players exercising their right to free speech, kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against the country's systemic and continuing racism, another issue about which Trump has little if any interest.

People online were appalled by Trump's apparent mocking of the accent, and were quick to call him out on Twitter.

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