WASHINGTON - Today the White House announced that Robert Builder, the billionaire founder of MegaFoods International, would lead government reconstruction efforts in Puerto Rico "effective immediately."
Mr. Builder, an accomplished chief executive of one of the world's foremost frozen foods conglomerates and one of Forbes magazines top 50 richest people in the world, has no formal engineering or construction experience. However he is one of President Trump's closest friends and lifetime Mar-a-Lago golf club member.
Speaking to the press from Manila, the President praised Builder's ingenuity and drive. "Bob is one of the nicest, most down to earth guys you'll ever meet, believe me. He's amazing, really amazing. Next to me, he's the only guy who could get this done, rebuilding Puerto Rico, seriously I mean that, and I know building believe me. I've built an amazing amount of buildings, many, many golf courses, homes, and you name it, I've built it. And I'm going to build a wall too, you just wait and see, I'm going to have an announcement very, very soon about that too, so keep watching, you'll be amazed when you see the plans, trust me. Besides: Bob the Builder? How perfect is that?"
Off the record, one senior White House official was less enthusiastic about Mr. Builder's resumé. "The 'Bob the Builder' thing? Yeah that's why [the president] picked him. I'm not kidding."