People Are Not Happy With Donald Trump’s Tweets About The Disaster In Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico has been suffering for a week since Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico. In the wake of the devastation, President Trump has remained silent about the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the Caribbean island. Instead he’s focused on attacking athletes as they choose to kneel during the national anthem in response to police brutality, racial injustice and the president referring to those who kneel as “sons of bitches” during a rally. Trump has finally responded to the crisis in Puerto Rico, but his tweets have left many people angry.

President Trump began his mini address on Puerto Rico via Twitter mentioning their infrastructure problems and debt.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory meaning that they pay all kinds of taxes, excluding personal income tax. In total, the tax revenue generated by Puerto Rico is more than $3 billion, according to The New York Times.

And continued to talk about their “old electrical grid” as a result of the infrastructure.

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He wrapped by talking about Puerto Rico’s debt to Wall Street.

Quick question: Why is owing Wall Street money a necessary thing to mention when considering emergency relief funds?

People immediately went after the president for his tone deaf remarks.

Nothing like being told your home is subpar and should have been better prepared after a natural disaster.

People are seriously pissed that the president would talk this way about American citizens suffering major losses.

Rather than talk about the infrastructure, it might be good to try and get some federal relief funds in order for the struggling island.

The Wall Street comment really angered people.

One of the ways the U.S. could significantly help Puerto Rico is to remove the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, a.k.a. the Jones Act. The law, which has been around since World War I, effectively limits the ships that are allowed to go to Puerto Rico with goods through a series of tariffs, fees and taxes unless they are American owned, American built, and crewed by Americans. These extra fees get passed down to the consumers in Puerto Rico unless the ships dock in the U.S., unload the goods, reload them onto American ships and then delivered to Puerto Rico, which also accrues fees paid by Puerto Rican consumers.

A couple people are impressed that Trump finally learned that Puerto Rico is part of the U.S.

If they are part of the U.S. then that means they are American citizens and the federal government should be focused on helping American citizens.

Though others think Hillary Clinton slamming his lack of a response as the only reason he said something.

“At the same time that he was doing all of that, we had American citizens in Puerto Rico who are in a desperate condition,” Hillary Clinton said in a radio interview before Trump’s tweets, according to The Washington Post. “He has not said one word about them, about other American citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I’m not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.”

People have already started calling Hurricane Maria Trump’s Katrina.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. In the aftermath, people criticized then-president George W. Bush’s administration for not responding appropriately to the disaster, prolonging relief and aid for thousands of residents, according to The Times-Picayune. Trump’s current focus on NFL protests instead of the disaster in Puerto Rico echoes that situation.

Perhaps now that he has tweeted about it, Trump will finally focus on recovery efforts in Puerto Rico rather than demonizing athletes protesting racial injustice.

Trump is scheduled to make a trip to Puerto Rico next Tuesday, Oct. 3, to survey the damage. At the time of his visit, it will be 13 days since Hurricane Maria first made landfall in the country.


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