As Republicans struggle to show the American people they can effectively govern, they keep hitting a snag: President Trump, the supposed standard-bearer for the GOP. So even as the House passed a bipartisan disaster relief package for Puerto Rico – a down payment, really – the press corps and lawmakers of all stripes were focused on Trump's online threats to cut off emergency assistance to the island territory that's still reeling from immense damage after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Democrats are enraged by the callous tone of the president's tweets Thursday, with many accusing him of racial bias. Many in the GOP are also frustrated by his insensitivity.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.