Once Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the country was left devastated and in desperate need of assistance. In response to the heavy losses in Puerto Rico, Hillary Clinton sent out a tweet saying:
President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens. https://t.co/J2FVg4II0n
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 24, 2017
Clinton firmly believed that Trump needed to send out the Navy to help Puerto Rico recover from the drastic hit. Although no comments have been made about Clinton’s tweet, it is said that Trump wanted to visit Puerto Rico, but nothing has been officially set in stone. The White House stated that Trump and Melania “send their thoughts and prayers to all those in harm’s way.”
Trump even tweeted a couple days prior to Clinton’s comment:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2017
Although, many politicians and citizens like Clinton are concerned about the little attention that Puerto Rico is getting. They were angered by Trump’s neglect and lack of addressing issues at hand. The U.S. Military is capable of reconstructing roads, houses, buildings and businesses but needs approval from Donald Trump.
In response to Hurricane Maria, 4,000 U.S. Army Reserve members have been sent and more than 1,600 U.S. National Guard service members have acted. On top of that, the U.S. Northern Command, FEMA and government officials teamed up to work out a plan to give aid to Puerto Rico.
Yet, Trump has been more concerned about whether NFL players are kneeling or standing during the National Anthem and was criticized for his lack of response to the tragic events in Puerto Rico.
Sunday night, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, stated, “We still need some more help. This is clearly a critical disaster in Puerto Rico… It can’t be minimized and we can’t start overlooking us now that the storm passed, because the danger lurks.”
Like Clinton, Roselló is worried that the U.S. isn’t comprehending the actual blow that Hurricane Maria has taken on Puerto Rico. They are Americans too and should be a top priority on Trump’s list.