Hillary Clinton is demanding that President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis deploy the U.S. Navy, including the United States Naval Ship Comfort, immediately in order to help Puerto Rico in its relief efforts as the U.S. territory recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, saying “these are American citizens.”
“President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should sent the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens,” she tweeted, along with a retweet of the images of the faces impacted by the major hurricane.
President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens. https://t.co/J2FVg4II0n
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 24, 2017
The Hill added:
About 3.4 million residents in Puerto Rico are living without electricity after the storm knocked out the power on Wednesday. Officials are warning that it could be months before they see the lights flicker back on as repair efforts just begin to get afoot.
Federal emergency relief resources are already strained after a wave of powerful storms hit the U.S. over the past few months including Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló called the Category 4 storm the “most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history.”
Hurricane Maria has already claimed the lives of at least 19 people in the region.