Trump Administration Needs ‘Firmer Initiative’ For Puerto Rico’s Post-Hurricane Recovery Efforts

New York Times: Mr. Trump’s Paper Towels Aren’t Helping Puerto Rico
Editorial Board

“Two months after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, a sense of desperation seems to be yielding to resignation at best. More than half of the island is still without power, and hundreds of thousands of residents are fleeing to the American mainland in an extraordinary exodus. … The underlying question is what leadership role the federal government will play. … [A] far firmer initiative and plan for the island’s recovery is needed from President Trump and administration officials. Mr. Trump is unfortunately remembered on the island for his scornful critique of local leaders ‘not able to get their workers to help.’ He tweeted, ‘They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.’ Rather than offering defeatist salvos, the president has a sworn responsibility to offer the support that Puerto Ricans deserve as American citizens trapped in a dire emergency” (11/25).