Trump’s Indelicate Handling Of Puerto Rico

You would think that a person who made it into the No. 1 seat in Washington D.C. would have had some experience in public relations and the import of perception. You would be sure that the Commander In Chief, having an extensive business background, would know how to manage the finer peculiarities of image portrayal both at home and on the world stage. Surely this would be the case?

Then why does the President of The United States seem to have no inkling of the negative repercussions that can arise from a deeply troubled and dismayed public? At the bare minimum, his team of advisors or the numerous public relation professionals at the administration’s disposal should have been able to step in to advise the President on the correct way forward on various topics, which they are sure to have done.

This comes back to the multitude of mounting criticisms that the President is facing on a daily basis. The President, by his nature a businessman first and foremost, seems to be trying to run the government and by extension the country as a business, where an autocratic style of dominance is the norm.

Having mishandled the Puerto Rico disaster response from start, the President in a recent spate of tweets after a long barrage of back and forth with Puerto Rican leaders sent a scathing message threatening to remove all aid & FEMA personnel from the island, giving the already embattled people of Puerto Rico less hope for the future:

“Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making,” says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

…Accountability says the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was a disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

The President seems to be either blithely unaware of the fallout these type of tweets cause or rather more disturbingly knows exactly how it will be perceived and simply does not care, which paints an ominous picture of the character behind the man in charge.

Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico about 3 weeks ago and for the most part, the island and their inhabitants are still completely destitute and living without shelter, food or running necessities. Power across the island is still shockingly unrestored with an estimated 89% of the network still down, reports still come in of people dying due to malnourishment and drinking from contaminated water sources.

With the horrendous human tragedy occurring right on his doorstep one would think the President would have at least paused and taken a few notes from former President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina in how to deal with these unfortunate events, that’s what any rational person would do, wouldn’t they?

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