Rihanna has taken it upon herself to name out President Donald Trump for his reaction to the humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
On Thursday, she addressed Trump in a tweet sharing the duvet of Wednesday’s New York Daily News, which ran with the headline “AMERICAN TRAGEDY.”
“Dear [Donald Trump] I know you’ve probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure! Don’t let your people die like this,” the singer wrote.
Later that day, Rihanna referred to as for a “round of applause” for former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who’re elevating finances for typhoon aid.
Rihanna has a charitable historical past; the Barbados-born pop superstar introduced her personal nonprofit, the Clara Lionel Foundation, in 2012 to lend a hand impoverished folks around the globe.
The singer started tweeting at Trump on Tuesday ― virtually per week after Maria hit Puerto Rico — with a tale from The Shade Room that presented an replace on prerequisites within the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory.
Her tweet, directed at Trump, integrated a sequence of query marks:
On Wednesday, Rihanna additionally tagged Trump as she retweeted a CBS News video appearing San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
“I know that leaders aren’t supposed to cry … But we are having a humanitarian crisis here,” the mayor may also be observed pronouncing within the clip.
Rihanna joins a rising listing of celebrities, together with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Marc Anthony, who’ve criticized the president for his reaction to the disaster in Puerto Rico. Despite citizens nonetheless missing elementary prerequisites, the White House has defended its reaction.
Elaine Duke, appearing secretary of Homeland Security, praised the “amazing” federal reaction to the crisis on Thursday, calling it “a good news story.”
But Cruz fired again in opposition to Duke’s commentary on Friday, calling it “irresponsible.”
“Damn it, this is not a ‘good news’ story,” Cruz mentioned on CNN whilst preventing again tears. “This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a ‘life or death’ story.”