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Maxine Waters Tries Backing Carson Into Corner. Bad Decision.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., leveraged her position as the ranking Democrat on House Committee on Financial Services to confront secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson on Thursday.

As Carson was testifying before the committee, Waters challenged him regarding President Donald Trump’s assertion that Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was a “disaster” before being destroyed by Hurricane Maria, and that limits should be set on the federal government’s costs associated with recovery efforts on the island.

“I had intended to start to talk about the housing crisis that we have,” Waters said, “but since the president was busy tweeting this morning and you referred to HUD’s role in dealing with the hurricane disasters and what you and the administration are doing, this morning Trump threatened to abandon Puerto Rico recovery efforts.”

Waters contended that Trump “served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.”

Waters then read a series of tweets posted by Trump on Thursday which noted that federal efforts to aid Puerto Rico could only continue for so long.

“Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making, says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend,” Trump tweeted. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

“Do you agree with the president?” Waters asked Carson.

“Puerto Rico is a very important territory and …,” Carson replied, but was cut off by Waters, who said she was “not talking about that.”

Waters contended that she was addressing Trump’s tweets.

“Do you agree with the president?” she asked.

Carson replied by assuring Waters that he has no intention of “abandoning” Puerto Rico.

“So you don’t agree with the president?” Waters pressed.

Carson said that there is “no question that there have been a lot of difficulties in Puerto Rico.”

“OK, so I’m glad to hear you don’t agree with the president,” Waters said.

Waters has previously called Carson an “educated fool,” according to The Blaze, and pledged to her supporters that she would “take (Carson’s) a– apart” if he does not meet her standards for the office he holds.

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source: WJ

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