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Trump Tweets About Puerto Rico’s Billions in Debt After Hurricane

President Trump finally addressed the catastrophic impact Hurricane Maria has had on Puerto Rico after mounting calls for him to shift his focus from NFL protests to the urgent matter, on Monday, September 25. And in doing so, the firebrand Commander-In-Chief insensed many by raising a reminder of the commonwealth’s debt to Wall Street bondholders.

“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” Trump tweeted. “It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well.”

The tweet is being blasted as insensitive and ill-timed in light of the devastating conditions on the ground in the aftermath of the Category 5 storm. Comedian Wanda Sykes and musician Marc Anthony are among the public figures who have blasted Trump’s focus on athlete protests as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and other lawmakers urge cooperation with Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello’s push for Congress to pass a relief package that could prove sufficient in sparing further tragedy and getting the island back up and running.

SOURCE: VLADTV

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Mark Cuban Loans Team Plane to Help Puerto Rico Relief Effort

Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, loaned the Mavs’ team plane to J.J. Barea, the team’s guard. Why? Well, so that Barea could go to Puerto Rico to bring supplies after Hurricane Maria did some damage.

Barea headed to Puerto Rico, his native country and will be returning on Tuesday with his mother and grandmother. Barea started a YouCaring crowdfunding campaign and has raised $140,000 from 850 donors.

After the hurricane, Barea was able to reach his family on Sunday and confirmed that they were safe to Dallas Morning News:

“They’re OK,” he said. “But it’s still rough there.”

As amazing of an effort that Barea is making and how gracious Cuban has been, Puerto Rico still needs a lot more help. Maybe these efforts will inspire others (aka Donald Trump) to help!

According to Nicole Friedman of the Wall Street Journal, the hurricane caused “estimated $40 billion to $85 billion in insured losses,” most of which occurred in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is currently without gas, food or power. They definitely can use all the help they can get.

SOURCE: VLADTV