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(Axios)   Leaked memo from Homeland Security advisor Tom Bossert shows the Trump administration knew how bad things were in Puerto Rico before Trump Twittered away his last remaining shreds of credibility   ( axios.com) divider line
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2017-10-02 08:51:34 AM  
Come on, submitter, be fair now. He never had any credibility.
 
2017-10-02 09:01:29 AM  
Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!
 
2017-10-02 09:02:24 AM  

gopher321: Come on, submitter, be fair now. He never had any credibility.


oh yeah, that credibility disintegrated months ago.  It's a shame too many people don't care about stuff like "credibility".
 
2017-10-02 10:03:12 AM  
This fiasco is entirely of Trump's own making.  The scale of devastation on PR is immense, the one-two hits of Irma then Maria scrambled our Atlantic-coast assets to make a maritime response that much more difficult, and FEMA, et al are busting their humps on the ground.  However, the admin for whatever reason has been reacting as if the disaster, clearly outlined since right after the storm, is much smaller than it obviously is.  The President seemed to ignore it until he started with the whole macroecon diss as his literally first words on the topic.  He hasn't pushed USNS Comfort out quickly, he waffled on the Jones Act waiver (with yet another tweet about crass corporatism making it worse) and responding like a real b*tch when desperate people are crying out for help.

Is our President incapable of doing a decent thing in any situation?
 
2017-10-02 10:35:20 AM  

factoryconnection: This fiasco is entirely of Trump's own making.  The scale of devastation on PR is immense, the one-two hits of Irma then Maria scrambled our Atlantic-coast assets to make a maritime response that much more difficult, and FEMA, et al are busting their humps on the ground.  However, the admin for whatever reason has been reacting as if the disaster, clearly outlined since right after the storm, is much smaller than it obviously is.  The President seemed to ignore it until he started with the whole macroecon diss as his literally first words on the topic.  He hasn't pushed USNS Comfort out quickly, he waffled on the Jones Act waiver (with yet another tweet about crass corporatism making it worse) and responding like a real b*tch when desperate people are crying out for help.

Is our President incapable of doing a decent thing in any situation?


No.

That would require compassion in some form, and it is readily obvious  that Donnie is incapable of such an emotion, as it would require an understanding that other people exist as something other than foils or ego boosts.
 
2017-10-02 10:56:24 AM  

Ambivalence: gopher321: Come on, submitter, be fair now. He never had any credibility.

oh yeah, that credibility disintegrated months ago.  It's a shame too many people don't care about stuff like "credibility".


Trump's not tweeting for anyone who thinks he has a credibility issue.  He's tweeting for his millions of ardent supporters and Twitterbots who will back him no matter what.
 
2017-10-02 10:59:16 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!

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2017-10-02 11:21:54 AM  
blastho called this.
 
2017-10-02 11:23:05 AM  
...before Trump Twittered away his last remaining shreds of credibility

Wait, he knew how bad the hurricanes were going to be back in 2013?
 
2017-10-02 11:24:04 AM  
The memo -- undated -- seems to be under the impression that things are going well.
 
2017-10-02 11:24:48 AM  
Tom Bossert to discover opportunity in private sector in 3...2...
 
2017-10-02 11:25:23 AM  

hubiestubert: factoryconnection: This fiasco is entirely of Trump's own making.  The scale of devastation on PR is immense, the one-two hits of Irma then Maria scrambled our Atlantic-coast assets to make a maritime response that much more difficult, and FEMA, et al are busting their humps on the ground.  However, the admin for whatever reason has been reacting as if the disaster, clearly outlined since right after the storm, is much smaller than it obviously is.  The President seemed to ignore it until he started with the whole macroecon diss as his literally first words on the topic.  He hasn't pushed USNS Comfort out quickly, he waffled on the Jones Act waiver (with yet another tweet about crass corporatism making it worse) and responding like a real b*tch when desperate people are crying out for help.

Is our President incapable of doing a decent thing in any situation?

No.

That would require compassion in some form, and it is readily obvious  that Donnie is incapable of such an emotion, as it would require an understanding that other people exist as something other than foils or ego boosts.


you're not real to him unless you have at least X Million dollars you could loan him
 
2017-10-02 11:26:23 AM  

Epoch_Zero: Tom Bossert to discover opportunity in private sector in 3...2...


Any staff of his who are Puerto Rican, even sooner.
 
2017-10-02 11:29:10 AM  
TFA:

Here's the full text of an update on Puerto Rico that White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert sent his West Wing colleagues:
To inform you, I traveled with Brock to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday and saw two dedicated Governors on badly damaged islands. I was deeply inspired, as I had been on our trips to Texas, Louisiana and Florida to see the people in need and those tending to them. We are making progress. In Puerto Rico, urban search and rescue teams have covered 100% of the island, searched more than 2,600 structures, saved or assisted more than 840 individuals, and are continuing efforts. Power is being restored to hospitals, and all hospital assessments are complete. 59 hospitals are partially operational, either caring for the patients they have, or receiving patients. One hospital is fully operational. Drinking water is being restored. 45% of customers in Puerto Rico have access to drinking water. Stores are opening. 49% of grocery and big box stores are open in Puerto Rico. Nearly 700 retail gas stations are operating (with limitations). Food and water continues to be delivered and distributed. Puerto Rico established 11 regional staging areas around the island. Luis Munoz Marin International airport (SJU) three miles southeast of San Juan is accommodating daily commercial flights.
Lack of power and the persistent commodity distribution problems on the island are major focuses right now. This is still an urgent situation.
An EOP update call is scheduled for 3:00 pm today after the 12:30 FEMA call. Doug Fears will coordinate. These calls will continue throughout this week. And, thanks to the intervention of General Kelly, who made a personal phone call, John Daly will extend his service at the White House as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor for another couple weeks. Thank God!
I hope to turn the corner on our public communications and want to thank Hope and Jessica Ditto and Mercy and Sarah Sanders for all that they and their team are doing. Jessica is working today with DHS to put together a multi-department external affairs plan, with multiple Secretaries, me, Brock, and Mick with coordinated general and specific Puerto Rico themes and department level details. I recommend that today and tomorrow we use the general theme of supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter and emergency medical care. Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power. After that we focus on restoration of basic services throughout next week and next weekend. Then we start a theme of recovery planning for the bright future that lies ahead for Puerto Rico. Planned hits, tweets, tv bookings and other work will limit the need for reactionary efforts.
The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible.
We will continue to support Governor Rossello, help Elaine Duke and Brock Long, and keep focused on the needs of the survivors. We have a strong ground game in place on the island with military leadership. Rossello should continue to get more public messaging support from us. His daily 8:00 am press conference on Puerto Rico is the definitive source for new updates.
Say a prayer for those who died and those sleeping in shelters and in badly damaged homes today. Get some rest yourself if you can, and remember to rededicate yourself to this effort.
The President's visit Tuesday will inspire the people and let them know we all care.
In mid October, Mick and Marc will lead the effort to the Hill for more funds for emergency work, recovery programs and other offsets, and to replenish and hopefully reform the flood insurance program. In the meantime, we have plenty of ready money and another $6+ billion will be released to FEMA October 1st as part of our last supplemental deal.
Thank you, keep it up!
-Tom


I'm not sure this memo makes Subby's case. Unless, of course, Subby was being a cheeky blighter.
 
2017-10-02 11:31:09 AM  
Reality has never stopped Trump in the 70 plus years he's been ignoring it. Why do you think it would it stop him now?
 
2017-10-02 11:31:52 AM  
He's NEVER had any credibility. At all. Ever.

That's why all the people who voted for him are farking stupid.
 
2017-10-02 11:32:20 AM  
Trump had a shred of credibility? Trump's voters expressly voted for the incredible.
 
2017-10-02 11:34:20 AM  
Let's also remember that a cruise line canceled a paid for and scheduled cruise and sent the ship full of supplies the Puerto Rico faster than the US military could get there.

 Doing a heckuva job, Donnie.
 
2017-10-02 11:35:24 AM  
What the hell is up with that guy's constant dirty upper lip mustache thing?
 
2017-10-02 11:35:54 AM  
This is Trump's HarveyIrmaJoseMaria.
 
2017-10-02 11:36:08 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!


Because of those goddamned Nazi's.
 
2017-10-02 11:37:35 AM  
Remember, to Trump and his racist followers, Puerto Rico is full of "Brown People", and shipping companies need to get richer, so the stunning lack of empathy and compassion by a sitting American President is not ineptitude or incompetence, but by design. He doesn't care and won't ever care, even as the bodies stack higher than Las Vegas.
 
stk [TotalFark]
2017-10-02 11:38:08 AM  
Winning bigly
 
2017-10-02 11:38:40 AM  
Using Trump logic one could imply that just because the administration knew about doesn't mean Trump cared.
 
2017-10-02 11:38:40 AM  
... no one thought he didn't know. There are people whose job is to inform him ffs.
 
2017-10-02 11:41:21 AM  

etoof: Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!

Because of those goddamned Nazi's.


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2017-10-02 11:41:30 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: TFA:

Here's the full text of an update on Puerto Rico that White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert sent his West Wing colleagues:
To inform you, I traveled with Brock to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday and saw two dedicated Governors on badly damaged islands. I was deeply inspired, as I had been on our trips to Texas, Louisiana and Florida to see the people in need and those tending to them. We are making progress. In Puerto Rico, urban search and rescue teams have covered 100% of the island, searched more than 2,600 structures, saved or assisted more than 840 individuals, and are continuing efforts. Power is being restored to hospitals, and all hospital assessments are complete. 59 hospitals are partially operational, either caring for the patients they have, or receiving patients. One hospital is fully operational. Drinking water is being restored. 45% of customers in Puerto Rico have access to drinking water. Stores are opening. 49% of grocery and big box stores are open in Puerto Rico. Nearly 700 retail gas stations are operating (with limitations). Food and water continues to be delivered and distributed. Puerto Rico established 11 regional staging areas around the island. Luis Munoz Marin International airport (SJU) three miles southeast of San Juan is accommodating daily commercial flights.
Lack of power and the persistent commodity distribution problems on the island are major focuses right now. This is still an urgent situation.
An EOP update call is scheduled for 3:00 pm today after the 12:30 FEMA call. Doug Fears will coordinate. These calls will continue throughout this week. And, thanks to the intervention of General Kelly, who made a personal phone call, John Daly will extend his service at the White House as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor for another couple weeks. Thank God!
I hope to turn the corner on our public communications and want to thank Hope and Jessica Ditto and Mercy and Sarah Sanders for all that they and their team are doing. Jessica is working today with DHS to put together a multi-department external affairs plan, with multiple Secretaries, me, Brock, and Mick with coordinated general and specific Puerto Rico themes and department level details. I recommend that today and tomorrow we use the general theme of supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter and emergency medical care. Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power. After that we focus on restoration of basic services throughout next week and next weekend. Then we start a theme of recovery planning for the bright future that lies ahead for Puerto Rico. Planned hits, tweets, tv bookings and other work will limit the need for reactionary efforts.
The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible.
We will continue to support Governor Rossello, help Elaine Duke and Brock Long, and keep focused on the needs of the survivors. We have a strong ground game in place on the island with military leadership. Rossello should continue to get more public messaging support from us. His daily 8:00 am press conference on Puerto Rico is the definitive source for new updates.
Say a prayer for those who died and those sleeping in shelters and in badly damaged homes today. Get some rest yourself if you can, and remember to rededicate yourself to this effort.
The President's visit Tuesday will inspire the people and let them know we all care.
In mid October, Mick and Marc will lead the effort to the Hill for more funds for emergency work, recovery programs and other offsets, and to replenish and hopefully reform the flood insurance program. In the meantime, we have plenty of ready money and another $6+ billion will be released to FEMA October 1st as part of our last supplemental deal.
Thank you, keep it up!
-Tom

I'm not sure this memo makes Subby's case. Unless, of course, Subby was being a cheeky blighter.


You think 45% of people having water is "good"?
 
2017-10-02 11:42:03 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: TFA:

Here's the full text of an update on Puerto Rico that White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert sent his West Wing colleagues:
To inform you, I traveled with Brock to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday and saw two dedicated Governors on badly damaged islands. I was deeply inspired, as I had been on our trips to Texas, Louisiana and Florida to see the people in need and those tending to them. We are making progress. In Puerto Rico, urban search and rescue teams have covered 100% of the island, searched more than 2,600 structures, saved or assisted more than 840 individuals, and are continuing efforts. Power is being restored to hospitals, and all hospital assessments are complete. 59 hospitals are partially operational, either caring for the patients they have, or receiving patients. One hospital is fully operational. Drinking water is being restored. 45% of customers in Puerto Rico have access to drinking water. Stores are opening. 49% of grocery and big box stores are open in Puerto Rico. Nearly 700 retail gas stations are operating (with limitations). Food and water continues to be delivered and distributed. Puerto Rico established 11 regional staging areas around the island. Luis Munoz Marin International airport (SJU) three miles southeast of San Juan is accommodating daily commercial flights.
Lack of power and the persistent commodity distribution problems on the island are major focuses right now. This is still an urgent situation.
An EOP update call is scheduled for 3:00 pm today after the 12:30 FEMA call. Doug Fears will coordinate. These calls will continue throughout this week. And, thanks to the intervention of General Kelly, who made a personal phone call, John Daly will extend his service at the White House as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor for another couple weeks. Thank God!
I hope to turn the corner on our public communications and want to thank Hope and Jessica Ditto and Mercy and Sarah Sanders for all that they and their team are doing. Jessica is working today with DHS to put together a multi-department external affairs plan, with multiple Secretaries, me, Brock, and Mick with coordinated general and specific Puerto Rico themes and department level details. I recommend that today and tomorrow we use the general theme of supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter and emergency medical care. Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power. After that we focus on restoration of basic services throughout next week and next weekend. Then we start a theme of recovery planning for the bright future that lies ahead for Puerto Rico. Planned hits, tweets, tv bookings and other work will limit the need for reactionary efforts.
The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible.
We will continue to support Governor Rossello, help Elaine Duke and Brock Long, and keep focused on the needs of the survivors. We have a strong ground game in place on the island with military leadership. Rossello should continue to get more public messaging support from us. His daily 8:00 am press conference on Puerto Rico is the definitive source for new updates.
Say a prayer for those who died and those sleeping in shelters and in badly damaged homes today. Get some rest yourself if you can, and remember to rededicate yourself to this effort.
The President's visit Tuesday will inspire the people and let them know we all care.
In mid October, Mick and Marc will lead the effort to the Hill for more funds for emergency work, recovery programs and other offsets, and to replenish and hopefully reform the flood insurance program. In the meantime, we have plenty of ready money and another $6+ billion will be released to FEMA October 1st as part of our last supplemental deal.
Thank you, keep it up!
-Tom

I'm not sure this memo makes Subby's case. Unless, of course, Subby was being a cheeky blighter.


^ doesn't seem gloomy at all...
 
2017-10-02 11:44:04 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: TFA:

Here's the full text of an update on Puerto Rico that White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert sent his West Wing colleagues:
To inform you, I traveled with Brock to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday and saw two dedicated Governors on badly damaged islands. I was deeply inspired, as I had been on our trips to Texas, Louisiana and Florida to see the people in need and those tending to them. We are making progress. In Puerto Rico, urban search and rescue teams have covered 100% of the island, searched more than 2,600 structures, saved or assisted more than 840 individuals, and are continuing efforts. Power is being restored to hospitals, and all hospital assessments are complete. 59 hospitals are partially operational, either caring for the patients they have, or receiving patients. One hospital is fully operational. Drinking water is being restored. 45% of customers in Puerto Rico have access to drinking water. Stores are opening. 49% of grocery and big box stores are open in Puerto Rico. Nearly 700 retail gas stations are operating (with limitations). Food and water continues to be delivered and distributed. Puerto Rico established 11 regional staging areas around the island. Luis Munoz Marin International airport (SJU) three miles southeast of San Juan is accommodating daily commercial flights.
Lack of power and the persistent commodity distribution problems on the island are major focuses right now. This is still an urgent situation.
An EOP update call is scheduled for 3:00 pm today after the 12:30 FEMA call. Doug Fears will coordinate. These calls will continue throughout this week. And, thanks to the intervention of General Kelly, who made a personal phone call, John Daly will extend his service at the White House as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor for another couple weeks. Thank God!
I hope to turn the corner on our public communications and want to thank Hope and Jessica Ditto and Mercy and Sarah Sanders for all that they and th ...


How dare you actually read TFA.
 
2017-10-02 11:44:28 AM  
FTFM:

"The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible."
 
2017-10-02 11:44:30 AM  

factoryconnection: This fiasco is entirely of Trump's own making.  The scale of devastation on PR is immense, the one-two hits of Irma then Maria scrambled our Atlantic-coast assets to make a maritime response that much more difficult, and FEMA, et al are busting their humps on the ground.  However, the admin for whatever reason has been reacting as if the disaster, clearly outlined since right after the storm, is much smaller than it obviously is.  The President seemed to ignore it until he started with the whole macroecon diss as his literally first words on the topic.  He hasn't pushed USNS Comfort out quickly, he waffled on the Jones Act waiver (with yet another tweet about crass corporatism making it worse) and responding like a real b*tch when desperate people are crying out for help.

Is our President incapable of doing a decent thing in any situation?


Yes.

Next question?
 
2017-10-02 11:44:37 AM  
texanjeff:

Considering the whole thing was at 0%? Idk seems like decent progress
 
2017-10-02 11:45:19 AM  

texanjeff: You think 45% of people having water is "good"?


Not at all. I think it's a disaster. But the memo is saying that they're doing everything that could be done and is, doggawn it, super upbeat.

The part that creeps me out, in fact, is this:

I hope to turn the corner on our public communications and want to thank Hope and Jessica Ditto and Mercy and Sarah Sanders for all that they and their team are doing. Jessica is working today with DHS to put together a multi-department external affairs plan, with multiple Secretaries, me, Brock, and Mick with coordinated general and specific Puerto Rico themes and department level details. I recommend that today and tomorrow we use the general theme of supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter and emergency medical care. Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power. After that we focus on restoration of basic services throughout next week and next weekend. Then we start a theme of recovery planning for the bright future that lies ahead for Puerto Rico. Planned hits, tweets, tv bookings and other work will limit the need for reactionary efforts.

... which is so much about the messaging rather than, say, focussing on boots on ground, chickens delivered, and so forth. It appalls me that this guy's focus is on political narrative rather than actual effectiveness.
 
2017-10-02 11:46:31 AM  
Efforts are underway but it will be like rebuilding a city.
This will take a lot of time.  The administration are doing the right things.  President Trump just isn't saying the right things.

/bigly
 
2017-10-02 11:47:30 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!


You expected her to be alive after a plane crash into a deserted island?
 
2017-10-02 11:48:53 AM  

Saiga410: How dare you actually read TFA.


It's a weakness.
 
2017-10-02 11:49:06 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!


I thought she's still hiding in the closet.
 
2017-10-02 11:49:21 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: The memo -- undated -- seems to be under the impression that things are going well.


It references Trump's upcoming visit Tuesday as just Tuesday, so it was written in the past couple of days.
 
2017-10-02 11:49:59 AM  

fernt: FTFM:

"The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible."

The storm caused these problems, not our response to it.


True, but the response is slow. This could have been planned much better, since they have been responding since after Irma.

We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible."

Its your job to make the hole bigger, not complain about what's there. See above on how to make the hole bigger.
 
2017-10-02 11:51:05 AM  
This is not the time to start pointing fingers. Tomorrow doesn't look good either. In fact, my calendar is booked solid for the foreseeable future.
 
2017-10-02 11:53:34 AM  

fernt: FTFM:

"The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible."


Claims the incompetent.
 
2017-10-02 11:58:39 AM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: This is not the time to start pointing fingers. Tomorrow doesn't look good either. In fact, my calendar is booked solid for the foreseeable future.


"Harvey, Irma, and now Maria have left us stretched pretty thin. Our people are doing their best but that's no excuse - we need to do better and we will do better. In fact I'm activating plan XYZ today and requesting 123 dollars from Congress on Monday so our recovery efforts can continue uninterrupted."

Instead he went with "big water, ocean water, democrats."
 
2017-10-02 12:00:16 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!


And coming from the founder of the Red Cross, she would know!
 
2017-10-02 12:07:49 PM  
It really sounds like the government is doing the best they can with what they have.  Trump should have been on twitter telling everyone of the small victories that shows real progress, albeit slow at first, instead of attacking the mayor and making himself look ridiculous
 
2017-10-02 12:08:42 PM  

PartTimeBuddha: The President's visit Tuesday will inspire the people and let them know we all care.


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2017-10-02 12:11:43 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!


I think you meant Anne Frank...
 
2017-10-02 12:30:41 PM  

Chabash: Tr0mBoNe: Hellen Keller could see how bad it was, and she's dead!

I think you meant Anne Frank...


What does this have to do with radium?
 
2017-10-02 12:38:28 PM  

PartTimeBuddha: texanjeff: You think 45% of people having water is "good"?

Not at all. I think it's a disaster. But the memo is saying that they're doing everything that could be done and is, doggawn it, super upbeat.

The part that creeps me out, in fact, is this:

I hope to turn the corner on our public communications and want to thank Hope and Jessica Ditto and Mercy and Sarah Sanders for all that they and their team are doing. Jessica is working today with DHS to put together a multi-department external affairs plan, with multiple Secretaries, me, Brock, and Mick with coordinated general and specific Puerto Rico themes and department level details. I recommend that today and tomorrow we use the general theme of supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter and emergency medical care. Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power. After that we focus on restoration of basic services throughout next week and next weekend. Then we start a theme of recovery planning for the bright future that lies ahead for Puerto Rico. Planned hits, tweets, tv bookings and other work will limit the need for reactionary efforts.

... which is so much about the messaging rather than, say, focussing on boots on ground, chickens delivered, and so forth. It appalls me that this guy's focus is on political narrative rather than actual effectiveness.


Seems more like they have a plan and want it communicated to the public.
 
2017-10-02 12:43:13 PM  

Xythero: PartTimeBuddha: texanjeff: You think 45% of people having water is "good"?

Not at all. I think it's a disaster. But the memo is saying that they're doing everything that could be done and is, doggawn it, super upbeat.

The part that creeps me out, in fact, is this:

I hope to turn the corner on our public communications and want to thank Hope and Jessica Ditto and Mercy and Sarah Sanders for all that they and their team are doing. Jessica is working today with DHS to put together a multi-department external affairs plan, with multiple Secretaries, me, Brock, and Mick with coordinated general and specific Puerto Rico themes and department level details. I recommend that today and tomorrow we use the general theme of supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter and emergency medical care. Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power. After that we focus on restoration of basic services throughout next week and next weekend. Then we start a theme of recovery planning for the bright future that lies ahead for Puerto Rico. Planned hits, tweets, tv bookings and other work will limit the need for reactionary efforts.

... which is so much about the messaging rather than, say, focussing on boots on ground, chickens delivered, and so forth. It appalls me that this guy's focus is on political narrative rather than actual effectiveness.

Seems more like they have a plan and want it communicated to the public.


Or they don't have much of a plan but want to make it appear that they do.

Both would be messaged in much the same way.

The thing that will really bit Trump in the ass on this, by hitting any credibility his administration had, was initially refusing to suspend the Jones Act or deploy USNS Comfort until political pressure was brought to bear. That is a tangible action people can see and does not make the administration look good. As a result this messaging looks like trying to save face.
 
2017-10-02 12:43:17 PM  
"The President's visit Tuesday will inspire the people and let them know we all care"

I'm sure those Puerto Ricans will be thrilled after reading his rants on twitter
 
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