President Donald Trump is criticizing hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and says the government can't keep federal aid there "forever". Should we use all available resources to actually save Puerto Ricans where possible, or move on to other crises, real, imagined or engineered?
"Trump's criticism of Puerto Rico's recovery effort isn't new - he tweeted on September 30, ".Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. But Trump was too busy attacking Colin Kaepernick and the NFL's players who are protesting racial oppression and police killings of Black people to focus on Puerto Rico. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the president's reference to her on Twitter.
Photo Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan of the Army, the commander of Joint Task Force Puerto Rico, and soldiers from the Puerto Rico National Guard unloaded critical supplies in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino said, "I am witnessing first-hand the devastation and destruction facing the people of Puerto Rico. We want them to be safe and sound and secure. Local community leaders and elected officials continue to push the federal government to step in and rebuild infrastructure on the island so that supplies and aid can reach everyone. "And we will be there every day until that happens".
If anything, that need and deserve more, not less, help. Until then, contributing funds to help get the island's economy up and running again is the best way to help Puerto Rico.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough just noted that Trump is treating Puerto Rico because "these are people who do not look like him".
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