President Trump responded to being ill-prepared for the Puerto Rico hurricane disaster by creating an even bigger scandal, which only made things worse, holds Matthew Yglesias of Vox. When news outlets and politicians started to criticize him, he was unable not to hit back at them. With tweets, Trump claimed that said criticism was encouraged by the Democrats. Instead of accepting the shortcomings in his reaction to the disaster and focusing on providing relief, he couldn’t resist attacking Puerto Ricans themselves. This behavior was needlessly divisive and distracted from what is really important: getting aid to the victims.
The criticism against President Trump over relief in Puerto Rico is strongly overblown, asserts Tobin Harshaw of Bloomberg. The U.S. government did almost everything perfectly in its response to the disaster. A crucial issue in the current public discussion is the suffering of the Puerto Rican people. This cannot be attributed to any decisions made by Trump. Simply put, the island is badly prepared for these kinds of disasters, with poor infrastructure, management and power supply. Its location in the Caribbean makes it much harder to get aid to than Florida or Texas. The issue of relief is complicated and goes far beyond the U.S. president.