What Trump did to Texas and Puerto Rico must not be repeated.
To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the Coast Guard heroically rescued stupid Texans who had headed out in boats to watch a hurricane, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) performed fantastically in Puerto Rico. In reality, when Hurricanes Harvey and Maria hit last year, Trump had left agencies unstaffed and unprepared, and his disastrous response contributed to thousands of deaths. With another hurricane season approaching, corrections have not been made, damage has not been repaired, and Trump has not yet been impeached.
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Presidents swear an oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States," which was established to "provide for the common defense." But FEMA was without a new director until June 2017. The National Hurricane Center was without a head from May 2017 through the time of Hurricane Harvey in August. On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that rejected the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which had been established by executive order in 2015, and which required that infrastructure be built to withstand flooding. He already had disbanded the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment, and withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate agreement. When Hurricane Harvey hit, the Trump administration did not engage in rescue and recovery operations on the scale required. His subordinates at FEMA proposed that private individuals fund and perform those tasks on their own.
These are high crimes and misdemeanors that will be repeated as long as they are accepted. Help speed up Trump's impeachment now.
When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, and for the months that followed, President Trump refused significant aid, despite widespread devastation, lack of electricity, and lack of medical care that, according to a study published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine, left over 4,600 people dead. For weeks Trump even blocked aid to Puerto Rico from other nations, refusing to waive the Jones Act as he had done following Hurricane Harvey, even as numerous experts predicted the sort of death and suffering that tragically resulted.
By these actions, Trump shows himself guilty of yet another impeachable offense warranting removal from office.
The Houston Chronicle on Monday exclaimed: "[T]he president’s Hurricane Harvey inanity is too serious for Houstonians to let slide. A region still recovering from catastrophic flooding doesn’t need its plight minimized or ridiculed. It needs help." That help begins with restoring the power of impeachment to Congress and making it a real threat to every future president.
Concludes CNN: "Puerto Rico will be an enduring stain on Trump's presidency." Correction: it will be an enduring stain on all future presidencies and on the United States of America if it is not handled as impeachable offenses need to be.
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> Houston Chronicle: Houston after Harvey should be a national priority. Trump made us a punchline.
> CNN: Puerto Rico will be an enduring stain on Trump's presidency
> Richard Wolffe: Trump must answer for the deaths of thousands in Puerto Rico
> RootsAction Articles of Impeachment