Within days of Hurricane Maria making landfall and absolutely devastating the island of Puerto Rico, FEMA and other government agencies had already begun a steady stream of relief for those affected by the storm, which encompass just about everyone there.According to the Associated Press, there are about 700 FEMA workers in Puerto Rico, and over 10,000 government personnel already coordinating relief and rescue efforts through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
President Trump has ordered ‘all hands on deck,’ including sending the military to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts, but those efforts are being hampered by the island geographic position.
“It’s very tough because it’s an island. In Texas, we can ship the trucks right out there, you know, we’ve got A-pluses on Texas and Florida and we will also on Puerto Rico, but the difference is this is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean, and it’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean, and I think we’re doing a really good job.”-President Donald
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Being that everything is political, the media and Trump’s Democratic opposition were quick to criticize him for tweeting about Puerto Rico’s already-existing failing infrastructure that collapse when the storm hit, along with ongoing relief efforts.
While President Trump plans to visit the island this Tuesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) just wrapped up a quick one day survey of the devastation in and around the island, saying that there is “potential for serious crisis.”
Returning from #PuertoRico now. Tremendous damage. Potential for serious crisis in areas outside of #SanJuan MUST get power crews in ASAP— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 25, 2017
One Democratic congressman, Ted Deutch, also began politicizing the tragedy by accusing the president of “not doing enough” via his Twitter account.
Unlike Rubio, Deutch has yet to travel to Puerto Rico ad survey the damage, or offer assistance.
President Trump, stop tweeting, and get to work. Send help. American citizens remain in great peril and you are not doing enough.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) September 26, 2017
Deutch is instead demanding that the Trump administration do more, and do it quicker, for the American’s living hunger and in darkness.
Hillary Clinton is also trying to stay relevant after her crushing loss to Trump in 2016, echoing Deutch’s comment that the president isn’t doing enough to help the people on the island.