It took a week for the president of the United States to acknowledge the tragedy Puerto Rico has been facing in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but just two days for him to withdraw an invite to the White House from Stephen Curry — which had already been declined days before.
With all that’s going on in the world — natural disasters and talk of war — it’s disheartening that the top priority for the POTUS would be to attack Black athletes and sports journalists for calling him out and refusing to visit the White House because of his divisive politics, rather than trying to solve problems and helping the people who need it most right now.
His actions show that he’s more focused on, and better at, the theater of politics than civil service.
When he finally acknowledged what’s been happening, Trump did note that food and supplies are a top priority but also made it his point to mention Puerto Rico’s debt.
“Much of the island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with,” tweeted Trump Monday, Sept 25.
It’s a gross perversion of what the ideals of the president should represent.
Celebrities like Pitbull shouldn’t be the only ones sending aid and rescue to people affected by natural disasters, our government should be speedier with its response to suffering citizens.
But it’s not just the POTUS showing a lack of empathy toward the victims of Hurricane Maria.
Most of the time, people are not informed about what’s happening in our country because of a lack of appropriate news coverage or lacking general apathy about what’s going on in the world.
It is crucial not only to stay informed about what’s going on in our country but also about how our current administration is responding to it.
If you would like to donate, the Hispanic Federation has set up hurricane relief funds to help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. Text: Unidos, your amount, your name (Ex. Unidos 100 John Doe) to 41444 or visit hispanicfederation.org/donate.