The consequences of President Trump’s unforgivable bungling of Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery efforts worsen by the day – and he appears to be purposefully allowing the situation to deteriorate.
The White House still hasn’t waived the Jones Act for the island of Puerto Rico, trade restrictions that are keeping foreign ships from depositing desperately needed aid and supplies to the island where 1.5 million Americans are without clean drinking water.
3,000 shipping containers packed with food water & medicene have been sitting at the port in Puerto Rico since Saturday pic.twitter.com/LJ0ETpmnOf
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 27, 2017
smh, this is one of the reasons why aid is piling up the the ports instead of being distributed in Puerto Rico pic.twitter.com/2SFGbbauqU
— no human is illegal (@jun0ooo0oooo00o) September 27, 2017
While Trump is already congratulating himself for his response to the Puerto Rican crisis, thousands of shipments of relief supplies are stuck on the docks, thanks to the Jones Act.
But when pressed on the issue, Trump made his real priorities clear: “We’re thinking about that, but we have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don’t want the Jones Act lifted.”
Trump just admitted he’s putting the needs of the wealthy owners of shipping companies ahead of millions of American citizens – even though he already issued a waiver for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
While he said he’s “considering” a waiver for the island, his decision to not send a request for more FEMA resources until the second week of October speaks volumes.
The needless suffering of the Puerto Rican people is a terrifying glimpse into what’s in store for the American people under Donald Trump.
The President of the United States is fiddling on Twitter while millions of American Latino citizens struggle to find food, water, and shelter – and his tweets, referencing the “power grid” and Wall Street, are obvious indicators of where his real priorities lie – in forcing Puerto Rico to privatize their power grid and to let his buddies on Wall Street loot the island.
This is without a doubt his Hurricane Katrina, and it sets a disturbing precedent for what we can expect from our ignorant, selfish, do-nothing president in the future.