Kardashian tweets insults and instructions to Trump

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Reality star Kim Kardashian West joined the ranks of celebrities advising the President of the United States. On Friday, she suggested to President Donald J. Trump that instead of tweeting, he should “step up and help.”

Media outlets and Democrats have leveled criticism at Trump and the federal government, saying they aren’t doing enough to aid Puerto Rico in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes Maria and Irma. The President, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the governor of Puerto Rico have all said the response by the federal government has been efficient.

In fact, FEMA said it’s National Response Coordination Center was “fully activated” days before Maria made landfall over Puerto Rico. Furthermore, they added that thousands of troops and National Guardsmen were on the ground even before the storm hit the island last week.

President Trump tweeted out a message of reassurance to the citizens of Puerto Rico on Saturday, telling them not to believe the criticism and to know that he was supporting them. His message read: “To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the [Fake News]! [Puerto Rico] Strong.”

Kardashian responded to President Trump’s well-meaning tweet with accusations of inaction and instructions for the commander-in-chief.

Kardashian’s tweet read: “They don’t have power to watch the news!!! Please stop tweeting & golfing while people are dying! Please step up & help!”

Kardashian is buying into the narrative that President Trump has not responded adequately to the disaster in Puerto Rico. Her reaction follows a lashing the president took from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who said he and the federal government are not doing enough to help the devastated islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FEMA said that 4.4 million meal kits and 6.5 million liters of water have been sent to Puerto Rico, yet Yulin Cruz said FEMA has “collapsed” there, and the aid is not getting to residents fast enough.

The president hit back Saturday morning in a major “Twitter storm.”

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”

“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.”

“The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.”

“Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to “get Trump.” Not fair to FR or effort!”

“I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania. Will hopefully be able to stop at the U.S. Virgin Islands (people working hard).”

“The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s. Shame!”

The President has also accused “fake news CNN and NBC” of trying to disparage first responders and of spreading a negative message.

FEMA director Brock Long defended President Trump’s comments. He suggested it would be helpful if Mayor Yulín Cruz would make the effort to visit the FEMA command center set up in San Juan and be a part of the relief efforts.

“The problem that we have with the mayor, unfortunately, is that unity of command is ultimately what’s needed to be successful in this response,” Long said.

Kardashian West has criticized the president in the past. Last month, after saying she plans to speak up and be more political, she suggested that her young daughter could run the White House better than President Trump.

“Anyone can run the US better [than Donald Trump]. My daughter [4-year-old North West] would be better,” the fashionista told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.

Kardashian was a supporter of twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. She’s now frustrated by what she sees as the country “literally” reverting to a point where “you don’t feel safe.”

Other celebrities to condemned the President’s response in Puerto Rico include “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and singer Marc Anthony.

 

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