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Singer Marc Anthony to Trump: ‘Shut the f— up about NFL’ and do something for Puerto Rico

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Singer Marc Anthony blasted President Trump for his criticism of National Football League (NFL) players, telling him to “shut the f— up” about the NFL and help Puerto Ricans.

“Mr. President shut the f— up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico,” Anthony, whose parents are Puerto Rican, tweeted. “We are American citizens too.”

{mosads}Puerto Rico is still reeling from massive damage following Hurricane Maria. Officials warned last week that the island could be without power for six months, and Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Monday that the federal government’s response to the devastation has been too slow.

“We still need some more help. This is clearly a critical disaster in Puerto Rico,” Rosselló told The Washington Post. “It can’t be minimized and we can’t start overlooking us now that the storm passed, because the danger lurks.”

Trump launched a war of words this weekend over NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. Trump told a crowd at a rally in Alabama Friday that NFL owners should fire players who don’t stand during the anthem, referring to any such player as a “son of a bitch.”

Players across the NFL kneeled and locked arms during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday in response to Trump’s attacks, which continued in a series of tweets on Saturday and Sunday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced several questions during a press briefing Monday about Trump’s NFL tweets. She pushed back on critics who said Trump wasn’t paying enough attention to Puerto Rico.

“He’s not emphasizing sports,” Sanders said. 

The White House announced Monday it was sending two top officials to the island territory to assess the damage.

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