Ex-Clinton aide: Trump's 'racist neglect' of Puerto Rico threatening lives
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The former spokesman for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE said Monday that President Trump’s “racist neglect of Puerto Rico” in the wake of Hurricane Maria was putting people's lives at stake. 

“Trump's racist neglect of Puerto Rico is threatening lives. It is time to start caring about the crisis there,” tweeted Brian Fallon.

Puerto Rico has been ravaged by Hurricane Maria, prompting the White House on Monday to send Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long and homeland security adviser Tom Bossert to the U.S. territory to evaluate the damage. 


Fallon’s tweet comes as Trump continues to receive criticism from some leaders for not doing enough to assist Puerto Rico.

Earlier on Monday, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) criticized the president for focusing his energy on criticizing NFL protests instead of sending help to the island territory. 

“Mr. President, instead of dividing the country over this you could give support to the 3.4 million Americans without power in Puerto Rico,” Beyer tweeted.

Over the weekend, much of Trump's energy appeared devoted to criticizing members of the NFL who knelt during the national anthem. Meanwhile, many in Puerto Rico remained without power as the island reeled from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, which made landfall last week.