Puerto Rico is finally starting to get their focus back after being ravaged by Hurricane Maria. After the storm had settled, much of the already crumbling infrastructure in the US territory had been destroyed.
President Trump worked hard to make sure that Puerto Rico received all of the resources they needed to start the recovery process. Despite the Left trying to demonize him, he continued to push and even went down to Puerto Rico to help first-hand. Now, the president has made a bold statement about the fate of the US territory. Trump revealed, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” as reported by CNN.
The message that the president sought to get across was clear — helping Puerto Rico isn’t the problem. We just cannot stay there forever.
Regardless of what group of people you are talking about, even US government agencies have boundaries and can only do so much. The president was trying to spark a conversation, essentially asking, “When is enough, enough?”
Instead of acknowledging that Puerto Rico has had problems for years both politically and with their infrastructure, the Left has seemed to twist the meaning of the president’s tweet to fit their narrative. Their argument is that the president must be a cold, calculating leader who is not concerned about Puerto Ricans. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, “Puerto Rico is still facing a humanitarian crisis. @realDonaldTrump seems more worried about blaming hurricane victims than helping them.”
This is, of course, extremely irresponsible. There comes a time when you have to look at situations factually instead of with emotion. The president was clearly focused on facts when he made his initial tweet.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also stated, “Our job in any disaster affected location is to help the community respond and recover from that disaster. We continue to do so with the full force of the US government and its resources in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and other affected areas,” she said. “Successful recoveries do not last forever; they should be as swift as possible to help people resume their normal lives.”
It boils down to a situation where American tax dollars are being funneled in a never-ending cycle to help Puerto Rico. People are claiming that we need to stay there until “everything” is taken care of, but they can’t really define the term “everything.”
Do they mean when everyone has food, water, and shelter? Are they suggesting that we need to rebuild the whole island? No one will get specific, and if they do, they can’t give a price estimate.
In this instance, we see the president trying to be fiscally conservative and responsible, as he assured us he would be leading up to and after his election.
Americans need to be able to step back and look at situations like Puerto Rico objectively. If anything, this will help us better prepare for future disasters.
Puerto Rican officials have mentioned that they are interested in becoming the 51st state. If this is the case, now is their time to shine. They will have all of the resources they need, and now the ball is in the court of local officials to help make Puerto Rico better than it was before. They need to work out a plan that helps the people of Puerto Rico and manages to free up some of our resources.