In an 11-hour period beginning at 7:19 a.m. and ending at 6:46 p.m. Saturday, the President of the United States ripped off 18 - yes, 18! - tweets dealing with the dire situation in Puerto Rico following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. We're not saying Rihanna had any influence over Trump's decision, but we're not not saying it.
In The Atlantic, James Fallows called the president's comments a new low in an already morally-bankrupt eight months in office: "Temperamentally, intellectually, and in terms of civic and moral imagination, he is not fit for the duties he is now supposed to bear".
Maria knocked out the island's power, caused an estimated $30 billion in damage and left residents struggling to obtain food, water and fuel. Residents at the time were still recovering from the powerful Hurricane Irma two weeks earlier that had unleashed heavy rain and high winds.
"I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands". But many remain desperate for water and other necessities. "We have expanded greatly; probably 90 percent of the island is accessible now". "They" are trying to convince people that our soldiers aren't doing a good job.
"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents moved to NY from Puerto Rico, took his shot on Twitter, saying: "You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump".
Even though President Trump has waived Jones Act shipping restrictions and Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that thousands of federal workers are now deployed in the territory, various locals are panning the administration for not taking greater action by this point. There are 77 other towns that are waiting anxiously and will be very grateful to you and to the American people if you continue to step up to the moral imperative that you have taken on all over the world to help those in need.
"The end of my statement about good news", Duke said, "was it was good news that the people of Puerto Rico, the many public servants of the U.S. and the government of Puerto Rico are working together and I do believe that that is the way - part of the way - we believe, and it's nice to see the communities together trying to recover and support each other".
"The whole supply chain of distribution has been interrupted", Jose Ayala, vice president of Crowley Puerto Rico Services, told ABC News. And she heard him tell a crowd of businesspeople that Puerto Rico's government would have to help figure out how to pay the cost of the massive rebuilding effort.
"There's not a single trailer from FEMA or from response operations that are being held", said Alex de la Campa, the agency's Caribbean-area division director.
After going days without mentioning the hurricane-devastated island after the storm, administration officials have held numerous press conferences describing their relief efforts and Trump has mentioned Puerto Rico at almost every public event.