Is President Trump handling Puerto Rico appropriately? | The Tylt
President Trump has been criticized for his apathetic response to Hurricane Maria. Trump's initial tweets about Puerto Rico focused on their debt to Wall Street, and the president has still not agreed to lift the Jones Act—which would allow more supplies to get into the storm-ravaged island. But others have defended Trump; he did authorize additional disaster assistance for FEMA and the governor of Puerto Rico thanked the president for his quick response. What do you think? 🇵🇷
Is President Trump handling Puerto Rico appropriately?
President Trump has been widely criticized for his handling of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which left the island completely without power.
After Hurricane Maria destroyed what Hurricane Irma had spared, more than 10,000 homes are decimated, roads are blocked, bridges collapsed and there is no fresh water, fuel, power or phone service. Leaders in Puerto Rico are describing a horror show unfolding and pleading for federal help, which has not been overwhelming.
Petula Dvorak writes in The Washington Post that Trump's response has been tepid in part because he has little to gain from helping Puerto Rico.
There’s no more Trump resort in Puerto Rico, nor are there votes for Trump to court.
And when Trump finally commented on Puerto Rico, his statements were viewed as cold by many. The president focused on the country's debt to Wall Street, while expressing little concern for the 3.4 million U.S. citizens who reside in Puerto Rico.
Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
...It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
But Trump has made multiple statements supporting the relief effort in Puerto Rico and encouraging FEMA to continue doing their job.
"I'd like to take a moment to send America's hearts and prayers to the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Both have been devastated, and I mean absolutely devastated, by Hurricane Maria. We're doing everything in our power to help the hard-hit people of both places, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands."
However, Trump did authorize additional FEMA assistance to help rebuild Puerto Rico.
But many think Trump has completely botched his handling of Puerto Rico, and some have even called for his impeachment.
No tweets or focus on Puerto Rico. No waiver for Jones Act. Seems like Trump is totally indifferent to losing lives of non-white Americans!— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 27, 2017
Trump: Puerto Rico is out in the ocean & you can't just drive there.— PROUD RESISTER 👊 (@ProudResister) September 27, 2017
Thanks for the geography lesson Captain Obvious. NOW PLEASE HELP THEM!
While others have defended the president, including the Governor of Puerto Rico himself.