Reject Trump’s Threat to Abandon Puerto Rico

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Don’t remove first responders and other critical aid for storm victims in Puerto Rico.

As hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are struggling to survive in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Trump appears to be threatening to withdraw crucial aid in the form of first responders and other federal resources. In a tweet he lashed out, saying, “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” After just weeks following the storm, we must demand that Puerto Rico receive more help, not less, as they try to recover.

President Trump appears to be forgetting that Puerto Rico is a part of the United States and its people are American citizens. While the U.S. states of Florida and Texas were also recently ravaged by hurricanes, Trump has not threatened to cut assistance for either. With a death toll currently sitting at 45 and expected to rise, and with the majority of Puerto Ricans still without power, this is the not the time to scale back on federal aid.

The Trump administration’s slow response to the dire situation in Puerto Rico has been completely lacking in empathy for these desperate Americans. Sign this petition to demand that the U.S. government continue to fulfill its obligations and support Puerto Rico in its time of need.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

Your recent tweet stating that federal aid in the form of FEMA, the U.S. military and other first responders can’t stay “forever” in Puerto Rico is a chilling and cold hearted remark to make while so many Puerto Ricans are currently suffering following Hurricane Maria. These people, who are American citizens, need the help of their government now more than ever. The island’s 3.5 million people simply cannot be abandoned at this time.

The people of Puerto Rico do not need empty promises or loans that will only add to their debt. They need supplies and assistance in the form of first responders to restore such basic necessities as clean drinking water and electricity. It is unacceptable that you would consider cutting your fellow citizens off, and I urge you not to abandon Puerto Rico in its hour of greatest need.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Staff. Sgt. Pablo N. Piedra/U.S. Department of Defense

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10 Comments

  1. Puerto Rico Is Part of the USA! They are in Need of Help from the USA. They Can Not Be Forgotten!

  2. Jan Holloway says:

    How about have all the people that are here illegally including DACA and have them volunteer their time and financially help them with hundred thousands of time and money.

  3. Puerto Rico is NOT part of the US, it is a possession of the US and its citizens are American but Trump as we all know is a racist.
    If he wants the US to live in isolation of the rest of the world, he is doing a marvellous job..

  4. These types of devastation will only increase with each year. Governments of each state and country must create funds that are exclusively used to combat the Morning After.
    Same for individuals in prone regions.

    Hopefully that Mr. Trump will provide that much needed help.

    • Yes, we should keep our a majority of our taxes within our state to take care of our own funds for disasters, healthcare and infrastucture. Why pay for politicians to use our hard earned money for extravagant personal travel expenses?

  5. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    Like every a big country they like to have got a huge size of land but after that not everytime they like to have done a properly looking after about this land…

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