President Donald Trump has failed Puerto Rico. Notwithstanding his pledge to visit the U.S. commonwealth next week, a coordinated federal relief effort has been slow to coalesce, even as the situation on the ground grows more dire. Trump himself has been slow to speak as well as to act. In the days after the storm, he tweeted 17 times on the subject of football players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism, but could not spare a single statement addressing the crisis in Puerto Rico.
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