Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said Wednesday that “God would not be pleased” with President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“The response has been anemic,” Cummings said. “Back when we had Katrina I said to the world in a news conference, God would not be pleased with our response to Katrina. God certainly wouldn’t be pleased with this response. I’m saying to president Trump you need to quadruple your efforts and you need to have a coordinated Department of Defense response to this.”
The U.S. military has sent warships, helicopters, and transport aircraft to aid the devastation caused my Maria. They’ve conducted medical evacuations and distributed supplies to those affected.
Cummings wants the U.S. to deploy at least 50,000 troops to deal with the storm’s fallout and believes Trump is abandoning millions of Americans.
“It’s estimated that we need about 50,000 troops there. Even after Haiti we had 20,000,” he said. “You’re talking about 3.4 million American citizens. Mr. President we can do better than this.”
The Maryland Congressman said Maria should be treated with as much urgency as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“All you have to do is listen to some of the local officials down there and they will tell you that people are literally dying. Hospitals do not have energy to run generators. Food, water, these are american citizens, Treat them as American citizens. Just like we treated people in Florida and Texas,” he concluded.
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