In remarks reported by The Hill earlier today, Trump tried to explain the lack of disaster response to the stricken island of Puerto Rico. His exact words were “This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean. This is tough stuff.” Yes, Mr. Trump Puerto Rico is an island that is situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is totally surrounded by water, cause that’s what makes it an island.
That why we have another thing Mr. President. We call it – the Navy.
They can handle that tough Atlantic Ocean like nobody’s business. But instead of deploying one of the U.S. hospital ships to the island, the U.S.N.S. Comfort is still in port in Norfolk, Virginia, where it is helping absolutely no one. Other vessels could be bringing in supplies, food, water, and medicine and thanks to the efforts of Senator Marco Rubio many supplies have reached the island. And because they are far more isolated than Texas or Florida, the efforts to reach them should have received a much higher priority.
Instead, the President of the United States decided to spend his time this weekend playing golf and tweeting about NFL football players who refused to stand for the National Anthem. This certainly would have provided much-needed comfort to the stricken Americans in Puerto Rico, but since their entire power grid is down, cell phone coverage is spotty or non-existent, and it is doubtful anybody there watched a single football game the entire weekend, it was cold comfort indeed. And no, they probably weren’t able to read your encouraging tweets either Mr. Trump.
Trump claims that the response of the federal government has been the same as for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, except for, you know, that Atlantic Ocean thing. He also announced his plans to visit the island next Tuesday. Maybe they could just drop him off in Cuba instead. He wouldn’t know the difference.