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

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.


READ: People Have Packed Puerto Rico’s San Juan Airport And Are Standing In Hot, Humid Conditions So They Don’t Lose Their Place In Line

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Prince Harry And Meghan Officially Say Goodbye To Royal Life And Clapback at Donald Trump’s Attacks

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Prince Harry And Meghan Officially Say Goodbye To Royal Life And Clapback at Donald Trump’s Attacks

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Come and gone so soon.

When Meghan Markle became part of the British Royal family in 2018, we good apples were excited to see how the former “Suits” actress would shake-up the stuffy monarchy. Sadly, after an onslaught of racial and other colorless attacks on Markle, the family made the decision to take a step back from the limelight announcing that they would become “financially independent” in early 2020.

Today marks the first day of Prince Harry as one of us normals and the return of Meghan Markle.

Earlier this year in January, Harry and Meghan announced that they would be taking a step back from royal life and become “financially independent,” sharing their desire to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution” in an Instagram post.

In response to rumors that Meghan and Harry might be moving to the states, Donald Trump took the time to peek up from the coronavirus pandemic to comment.

“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!” Trump tweeted.

Ahead of their official ‘goodbye’, the two released a statement made on Monday seemingly in response to this statement.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would prefer that in the immediate weeks and months, the focus remains on the global response to Covid-19,” a Sussex spokesperson said according to CNN. “However, we recognize there are outstanding questions relating to their future beyond their Household transition deadline.”


The statement came just days after United States president, Donald Trump tweeted that the United States would not pay to protect Prince Harry and his wife Meghan when they move to the states. So that’s that.

Kobe Bryant’s Death Has Fans Mourning A Huge Loss: From Bad Bunny To Ricky Martin, Here’s How Latinos Are Reacting

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Kobe Bryant’s Death Has Fans Mourning A Huge Loss: From Bad Bunny To Ricky Martin, Here’s How Latinos Are Reacting

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The news sent shockwaves around the world when it was announced that a basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant, a legendary shooting guard for the LA Lakers was just 41 years old and was one of nine victims to have died in the accident. His death has brought together people from a diverse range of backgrounds, but it’s especially painful for Latinos, who were among the first to embrace the Black Mamba and with whom Kobe had a major impact as a member of the Lakers. Fans around the world are left mourning a basketball legend and processing his complicated legacy.

Death of the 41-year-old basketball legend shook communities around the world.

News broke on Sunday that the 41-year-old had died, along with nine others, in a tragic helicopter crash in the hills outside of Los Angeles. The identity of all aboard are still undisclosed at this time, pending further investigation and conversation with next of kin, according to an LA County Sheriff at a press briefing earlier today.

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, and three other daughters – Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella and Capri Kobe, who is only 7 months old.

While it was unclear who else was with Bryant at the time of his death, TMZ Sports confirmed that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was one of the passengers who died in the accident. Gianna and Kobe were on their way to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.

Preliminary investigations report that the helicopter went down in dense fog that had grounded most other aircraft in the region.

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Bryant was known to use his helicopter to commute between his home in Newport Beach and the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. However, for this journey, he was commuting to a sports academy in the Valley.

Los Angeles is known for dense fog and this Sunday morning was no different. In fact, the dense fog had led to the temporary suspension of flights from LAX and most other civilian helicopter operations.

As news of the star’s death spread, so too did the heartfelt messages of loss and grief.

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“[This] is why I don’t wait for tomorrow,” J Balvin wrote. “So many surprises in life that the present escapes us.” Dozens of others weighed in as well.

AOC sent her condolences to the victims and their families in a tweet saying: “Deeply shocked at the news of Kobe Bryant and four others lost today. Sending all my thoughts to their families and loved ones in this devastating moment.“

Bad Bunny had a special message about the super star’s untimely passing.

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“I never would have imagined this would hurt so much!” he said. “I still remember the first time I saw a game of basketball at 7 years old with my dad, and it was a game with this genius, and from that day forward he became my favorite player x100pre!! I’ve never mentioned it because it doesn’t necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many aspects for me to be who I am today. RIP GOAT!!! Rest in PEACE!!!! Thank you for inspiring me so much!! Thanks for so many emotions!!! How sad I feel!!! A legend is gone!! Along with a beautiful child and basketball promise, Gianna… It breaks my soul too know that I was going to meet, and share time, with you soon…”

And Anuel AA shared his take on the tragedy, one that many people could relate to.

“Wow, my hero died,” he said. “This is unbelievable. I’m here crying as if I knew him, heartbroken. Rest in peace, legend, you left a mark on the world. May God continue blessing his family and fill them with strength. Wow what sadness. [Kobe Bryant] your name will live forever.”

Kobe Bryant shared a special kinship with his Latino fans, who he said were the first to embrace him.

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As the tributes pour in, many are remembering the impact Kobe had on LA’s Latino community.

A few years ago, he thanked the Latino community for their support.

“Latino fans are important to me, because when I arrived [in Los Angeles] they were the fans who most passionately embraced me,” he said. Bryant added that his Spanish was “not that good,” but this appeared to have been a modest assessment, as he routinely conducted full-length interviews in Spanish, which endeared him even more to Latino fans. He said that he was inspired to learn the language because of his wife and because his Latino fans “mean everything” to him. He told Univision in a separate interview that he learned Spanish through watching telenovelas with his family.

However, Bryant’s story wasn’t one without its blemishes. He was accused of sexual assault in 2003.

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Bryant’s sexual assault case was another scandal that rocked the sport’s world and his own image. The charges brought against him were serious. He was accused of raping a hotel employee while at a Colorado resort – a claim that he denied saying the sexual encounter was consensual. The case was eventually settled out of court, according to The Guardian.

As much of the world is still in shock regarding the untimely loss of such an iconic man, his success as a basketball great will live on.