Donald Trump Criticizes Puerto Rico


Dennis M. Rivera

Damage from the Puerto Rican hurricane Maria can be witnessed from an aerial view.

Ian Porter, Ranger Review Reporter

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. According to National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Maria was a category four, 130-156 mph wind hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico and left the country without power. President Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico to survey the damage done by Hurricane Maria.

After sending out 18 tweets, Trump went to Puerto Rico and Ms. Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, was not happy about his arrival.

“This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a ‘life or death’ story. This is ‘there’s a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people’ story. This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen,” said Mayor Cruz.

President Trump criticized Ms. Cruz with a tweet during his 18 tweet streak.

“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,” said President Trump.

According to The CNN Politics website, Trump thinks that the news is lying about the damage, and so he went to Puerto Rico to “survey” the impact with his own eyes.

“Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to ‘get Trump.’ Not fair to FR or effort!,” tweeted President Trump. “A great day in Puerto Rico yesterday. While some of the news coverage is fake, most showed great warmth and friendship.”

However, many people and extremist groups have lashed back in response to Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico.

““The only thing that’s fake is you actually care about the Puerto Rican people. You were an embarrassment to the whole country. You are a failure and ignorance follows you wherever you travel,” tweeted “Impeach Donald Trump‏”, a Twitter Account.

According to NBC News, President Trump threw paper towels into a crowd of Puerto Ricans at a relief center in the hurricane-ravaged territory.

“And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. And they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun. They said, ‘Throw ’em to me! Throw ’em to me Mr. President!” said Trump in an interview with Mike Huckabee.

Trump told the Puerto Rican people that they had few deaths compared to the U.S.’s Hurricane Katrina.

“What is your death count as of this moment? 17? 16 people certified, 16 people versus the thousands.You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together.” stated Trump

President Trump going to Puerto Rico was a bad visit because of all of Donald Trump’s tweets based off Mayor Cruz and many accounts from Twitter. He may have good intentions but didn’t show it.