Congresswoman Maxine Waters got a healthy dose of STFU today by HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. Waters attempted to get Carson to denounce President Trump’s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico during a House Committee hearing on Financial Services.
She did her best to corner him, but Carson was having none of Waters’ game.
“This morning, Trump threatened to abandon Puerto Rico recovery efforts. President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon a US territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria […] Do you agree with the President?” asked Waters.
“I certainly agree that Puerto Rico is a very important territory, and the people from Puerto Rico have contributed greatly to the culture of America,” Carson calmly replied.
“I’m not talking about that. What I’m talking about is these tweets,” she pressed.
“I have no intention of abandoning Puerto Rico, they’re a very important part of who we are,” said the Housing Secretary. “Our job is to make sure that we take care of a disaster that has occurred. Of course, it should not be abandoned.”
“There’s no question that there have been a lot of difficulties in Puerto Rico,” added Carson.
Watch the full encounter below: