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Lin-Manuel Miranda: Puerto Rico Still Needs Government's Help

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Puerto Rico Still Needs Government's Help
Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 19 November 2017 03:53 PM

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Sunday said hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico still needs President Donald Trump’s help, according to a report in The Hill.

"The message is that we're here and Puerto Rico is still — half of the island is still without power — and we still need your help," Miranda told The Hill during the Unity March for Puerto Rico in Washington, D.C.

Miranda, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico and who is an outspoken critic of the president, has slammed the Trump administration for its response to the Category 4 storm that hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20.

Power outages and storm damage remain an issue on the U.S. island territory, especially in rural areas where access is difficult. Many of the 3.4 million residents are still without power as half of Puerto Rico’s electric grid remains down.

"The day Hurricane Maria made landfall, our president tweeted, 'good luck, Governor Rosselló.' And then he didn't tweet for another week," Miranda told The Hill.

"Let's begin with rhetoric. When the first two hurricanes hit, the message from the White House was, 'we'll do anything to help, we'll be there right away, anything you need, anything you need, Texas, anything you need, Florida, anything you need,'" he continued.

"[But] there was a week of terrifying radio silence for all of us who didn't live in Puerto Rico, didn't hear from our families, there was no cell service, there was no electricity. And then we didn't get a tweet for a week. So what does that say about the priorities of this administration when it comes to Puerto Rico?" he asked.

Miranda headlined the D.C. march, which drew thousands of demonstrators to the Mall.

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"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Sunday said hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico still needs President Donald Trump's help, according to a report in the Hill.
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