Just over a week ago, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, devastating entire sections of the island and wiping out key infrastructure. It will be months before power is restored to the entire island, and even longer until everything is rebuilt.
Some liberals have criticized the Trump administration for its slow response to this latest hurricane. However, Puerto Rico’s elected officials have praised Trump’s efforts, Politico reported.
Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, and Jenniffer Gonzalez, the non-voting representative of Puerto Rico in Washington — both Democrats — have praised the Trump administration’s response. The contrast with previous administrations was remarkable, according to Politico.
“Rossello and other officials praised the federal government for planning its response in detail before the storm hit, a contrast with what Puerto Rico has long seen as the neglect of 3.4 million Americans living in a territory without a vote in Congress or the Electoral College,” Politico reported.
“This is the first time we get this type of federal coordination,” Gonzalez said.
Aid has been slow to arrive in Puerto Rico, partly because almost all infrastructure on the island has been wiped out, making it hard to get supplies in. Unlike Florida and Texas, there aren’t many alternatives to flying in aid supplies.
The Hill noted that many Democrats have been attacking Trump for his focus on the NFL protests instead of devoting all his energy to helping out Puerto Rico. CNN noted that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Trump to deploy the Navy to Puerto Rico to help out.
Apparently, Democrats have never heard of multitasking. Trump can both defend the flag and help out Puerto Rico. He doesn’t need to limit himself to doing one thing at a time.
CNN reported that on Thursday morning, Trump took even more action to speed up the process of getting aid to Puerto Rico by issuing a 10-day waiver to the Jones Act, after Rossello petitioned Trump to issue the waiver.
The Jones Act requires American vessels and crews for the shipment of all goods between American ports. Designed to protect the American shipping industries, it has ended up hurting Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the hurricane.
While the recovery in Puerto Rico might take longer than the recovery in Texas and Florida, that does not mean that Trump is abandoning the island, and its millions of American citizens.
Trump is working hard to help out. Maybe the Democrats should stop complaining and start doing their part to help pass legislation to get aid to Puerto Rico.
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