Donald Trump may have misspoken once again.
Puerto Rico is still recovering from the wake of devastation caused by the literal waves of Hurricane Maria. The United States territory is in great distress: houses destroyed, electricity cut, food sparse, and water contaminated. The death toll has now risen to 48.
The President’s tweets have once again been target of animosity. Last week, he tweeted “FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” People are heavily criticizing Trump for his apparent lack of empathy and consideration for the island’s inhabitants who are suffering. The president seems to be more concerned about his budget and his administration than the disaster itself, stating also that the hurricane has thrown his budget “a little out of whack.”
Although Trump’s comments aren’t meant to be as harsh towards Puerto Rico as he comes off of, his comments aren’t helping his reputation. His relationship with the United States territories have been historically rough. He’s been heavily against the movement for their statehood.
In a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, 55% of the responders stated that they are discontent with the support that the president and his administration have given to Puerto Rico. The numbers are expected to plummet after his tweets. Just a few days ago, the Trump tweeted once again: “We now actually have [the] military distributing food, something that really they shouldn’t have to be doing” says President Donald Trump in response.
Regardless of the President’s comments, it is without a doubt that Puerto Rico needs a lot of help. With its economy 70 billion dollars in debt before the hurricane, Puerto Rico will need years, and perhaps decades, to recover from the trauma.
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