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On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico resulting in 45-90 billion dollars in damage and 45 deaths. The category 4 hurricane wiped out the communication system and the electrical power system, causing widespread confusion. President Trump recently visited Puerto Rico to observe the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.
As soon as President Trump saw the damage and relief efforts in Puerto Rico, he began to talk to the Puerto Ricans. Trump said that Puerto Rico had used up a lot of America’s money, referring to the 74 billion debt that Puerto Rico has. He also said, “[Hurricane Maria was a] storm that was just totally overbearing [compared to Hurricane Katrina].” He pointed out that the death toll in Puerto Rico was thousands less than the death toll in Hurricane Katrina and that Hurricane Katrina was a “real catastrophe” unlike Hurricane Maria.Then he applauded his administration and the local federal officials for doing a “great job with the almost impossible situation”. As the people in Puerto Rico showed him the damage done to their homes and the power outages, Trump said, “We’re gonna help you out. Have a good time.”
During a stop at a local church, Trump threw paper towels into a crowd of people. This act caused a lot of criticism from people all over the world. Trump defended his towels saying, “ They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. And they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun. They said, ‘Throw ‘em to me! Throw ‘em to me, Mr. President!’” One example of a person who was offended by the paper towels is Adriana Miranda. The 21-year old student said that she was insulted about how Trump threw paper towels out to hurricane victims like candy in a parade. She joked about throwing paper towels at Trump Tower, and now it has become an event that more than 2,000 people said that they would attend. She hopes that the people who come will donate to a fundraiser for Puerto Rico.
The people in Puerto Rico are in the dark, literally, and 50% of the population don’t have fresh water. Thankfully, the U.S. House approved a 36.5 billion dollar relief fund. Now the Senate has to approve of it in order of it to be given. Hopefully, the people in Puerto Rico will all be safe and well.