Donald Trump's been coming under a lot of criticism for his administration's reaction, or lack thereof, to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. While the Trump administration claims that their aid efforts are going well, many on the island feel that it is too little too late. Many feel that Trump's words on Puerto Rico's debt and weak infrastructure were ill-timed:
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
Probably not the best time to remind the islands that they don't have the best infrastructure and they owe people money while people are dying, you know? Singer Marc Anthony had some very blunt words for Trump's priorities in the wake of the hurricane.
Singer-songwriter and political activist, Holly O'Reilly, alleges that she spoke with a "vetted source" about the White House's response to Hurricane Maria and its plans to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm's destruction. While this source has not been verified, according to what O'Reilly shares, it suggests that there really weren't many plans to help the island in the first place.
She divulged all of her alleged findings in a series of tweets.
1- I received a DM from a vetted source who wishes to remain anonymous.— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 28, 2017
S/he was on a conference call with FEMA on Monday, September 25.
3- "Then, after every department reported their activities and projections,— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 28, 2017
it was time for the White House to issue their report."
4- WH answer?— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 28, 2017
No report, no activity.⁰⁰Nothing planned for Puerto Rico.
"We were all stunned", this source said.
5 - Meaning until Monday the 25th, (nearly a WEEK after Hurricane Maria made landfall), the WH had no plans to make any moves in PR…— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 28, 2017
6- ...while DoD, FEMA, all government agencies and non-government agencies were ready to go or had already started activities on the ground.— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 28, 2017
7- This is worse than Katrina.— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 28, 2017
Bush was inept and unprepared.
Trump just does not give a fuck about brown people.
What's worse is that the number of people who've died due to Hurricane Maria isn't being properly reported as of yet, which suggests that the severity of the situation in Puerto Rico is being downplayed.
People started sharing their own horror stories of what their family and friends are experiencing on the island.
My sister just told me that the local morgue is at full capacity and someone stole their generator so it’s now without power neither— Frankie Miranda (@elboricua375) September 28, 2017
I know of one small town hospital on the north east of PR that had 8+ dead just in the ER alone last Tuesday.— Bon🔥 (@mercurygirl7) September 29, 2017
Others pointed out that when aid finally did arrive, the logistics surrounding the distribution of life saving supplies were apparently a mess.
Saturday there were 1200 containers/ yesterday 3k. Unopened. Because they had to be inspected first and there was no inspector to be found😡— Christine (@Christi72712311) September 28, 2017
Do you think the White House showed favoritism in its disaster relief efforts between Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico?