New York-born singer of Puerto Rican descent , Marc Anthony took to his Twitter account to slam US President Donald Trump for being more interested in NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, than the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria. He tweeted:
However, FEMA contradicted Marc’s tweet by posting photos of Gov’t personnel currently helping the people of Puerto Rico.
According to People,Trump responded shortly after Anthony’s tweet on Monday, addressing the situation in Puerto Rico.
He said,“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks, which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well #FEMA.”
Anthony’s ex-wife Jennifer Lopez said in a press conference in NYC that she was donating $1 million from the proceeds of her Las Vegas show to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. She previously said that she had not been able to reach family members on the island.
“Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and today Puerto Rico needs our help,” Lopez said. “Hurricane Maria has devastated our island.”
Lopez is partnering with Anthony and her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, to help those affected.
According to Associated Press, “The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” said Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez. “I can’t deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago. The destruction of properties, of flattened structures, of families without homes, of debris everywhere. The island’s greenery is gone.”
Puerto Rico’s National Guard diverted an oil tanker that broke free and threatened to crash into the southeast coast, said Gov. Ricardo Rossello, and officials still had not had communication with nine of 78 municipalities.
“This is a major disaster,” he said. “We’ve had extensive damage. This is going to take some time.”
The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico was at least 10, including two police officers who drowned in floodwaters in the western town of Aguada.