Trump may not know Puerto Ricans are citizens

Hillary Clinton says it’s “deeply troubling” that President Trump has decided to lash out at National Football League players as Puerto Rico reels from Hurricane Maria.

“I’m not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens,” Clinton said during a live SiriusXM town hall event in New York City on Monday.

At a rally in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday, Trump picked his fight with the NFL, suggesting team owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,’” Trump said.

The president then escalated the dispute, tweeting more than a dozen times about the protests.

“At the same time that he was doing all of that, we had American citizens in Puerto Rico who are in a desperate condition,” Clinton said.

Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm last week, killing at least 16 people. It left millions without power and virtually the entire island without cell phone communications.

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Inhabitants stand in floodwater in Cataño, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

“The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress, said Sunday. “The destruction of properties, of flattened structures, of families without homes, of debris everywhere. The island’s greenery is gone.”

Hours after the storm made landfall, Trump tweeted a message of solidarity to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. But the president…

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