As Puerto Rico reels, Trump focuses on football

Since Hurricane Maria ripped across Puerto Rico last week, President Trump has tweeted or retweeted more than 50 messages. Just one was about the hurricane.

“Governor @RicardoRossello, We are with you and the people of Puerto Rico,” Trump tweeted Wednesday, hours after Maria made landfall on the U.S. territory. “Stay safe! #PRStrong.”

Since then, Trump has largely focused his Twitter attention on a dispute with National Football League players kneeling during the national anthem, with more than a dozen tweets or retweets related to the protests.

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“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race,” Trump tweeted early Monday in a flurry of Twitter posts defending his comments. “It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

Many took notice of Trump’s passion for this issue and his relative silence on the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico.

The Category 4 storm battered Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, leaving millions without power and virtually the entire island without cell phone communications. Officials say that 95 percent of the wireless towers were knocked out of service. And a major dam in northwest Puerto Rico holding back the waters of Lake Guajataca suffered a large crack and is threatening to collapse.

“The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress, said Sunday. “The destruction of properties, of flattened structures, of families without homes, of debris everywhere. The island’s greenery is gone.”

A group of Puerto Rico mayors convened an emergency meeting with…

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