Big name recording artist tells President Trump to ‘shut the f— up’ and help Puerto Rico

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Another entertainer is offering some scathing advice to the president of the United States. Singer Marc Anthony says President Donald J. Trump should stop talking about football and focus on Puerto Rico, whose citizens are suffering after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the U.S. territory.

He joins popular Broadway playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, and who sent a Twitter warning to the president. On Monday, Miranda wrote: “Hey [President Trump] you can’t wait that long. There will be a lot of American deaths on your watch if you wait that long.”

Miranda’s tweet was in response to a reporter who tweeted: “Senior Hill aide says WH expected to send disaster aid request to Congress in 1st/2nd week of Oct for Puerto Rico. That gets ball rolling.”

On Monday night, Anthony, whose parents are also from Puerto Rico, joined Miranda in advising the president. His tweet was impolite and profane, however. He tweeted: “Mr. President shut the f— up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico. We are American Citizens too.”

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President Trump was also thinking about Puerto Rico Monday night and sent out several tweets of his own. Combined, the three tweets read: “Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble. 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.”

He sent out a follow-up tweet Tuesday morning, writing: “Thank you to Carmen Yulin Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan, for your kind words on FEMA etc.We are working hard. Much food and water there/on way.”

Over the past few days, the president has been criticized repeatedly by the media, as most believe he should be placing more focus on Puerto Rico. Yet, as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed out on Monday, the president may be tweeting about other issues, like the NFL disrespecting the American flag, but he and the administration are still working on relief efforts for Puerto Rico.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan and the person the president referenced in his Tuesday morning tweet, acknowledged that President Trump has been in communication with the island. “He has been not only tweeting, but I know he has been in contact with the governor, and we appreciate that,” she said.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted massive destruction on the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. The widespread damage caused around 20 deaths, a large-scale evacuation, and island-wide power outages. Some additional 3-million American lives may be at risk, according to reports.

Puerto Rico’s representative in the U.S. Congress, resident commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez, said Sunday that Hurricane Maria’s destruction has set the island back decades.

“The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” said 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 governor, Ricardo Rossello, said, “This is a major disaster. We’ve had extensive damage. This is going to take some time.”

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