Trump mistreated Puerto Rico


Armani Moten, Blog editor

Puerto Rico is an incorporated territory of the United States; it’s a free association commonwealth of the United States of America. Puerto Rico was given to the United States as a result of the Treaty of Paris of 1898 ending the Spanish American War. So you would think the president of the United States would actually care about what is going on in Puerto Rico.

On September 20, 2017 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, wiping out the entire island, taking electricity with it, and leaving a death toll rising to 48 people. President Trump visited Puerto Rico and held a press conference to discuss the damage that hurricane Maria left behind. The following words are not a joke, no, this is what he said to the survivors of this horrible storm: “Puerto Rico you’ve thrown our budget out of whack, but that okay because we’re saving lives.”

Can you tell me what kind of president says that to people who have lost everything they’ve ever known? Then Trump proceeded to compare how many people died in this hurricane to hurricane Katrina. There’s no way in the world someone can compare the two; they were both horrible. No president should do that to a land that they are responsible for.

Let’s not forget that he started to throw necessities such as power towels and deodorant at the natives who had waited for these things they needed. How would you feel if your president tossed you necessities like he was playing basketball? Trump didn’t give out the paper towels one by one and talk to all the people there to tell them that everything will be okay. No, he just passed it to them. That’s not how you treat anyone who has lost everything.

After everything the people of Puerto Rico went through and are continuing to go through, they need a better leader to lead them through this horrific trial in their lives.