Donald Trump offered his condolences to Mexico after they suffered a hurricane over a week ago, and his excuse for the delay is pathetic.
Mexico was hit by an 8.2 percent magnitude earthquake off their southern coast on September 7th, 8 days ago. The current death toll is up to 98 confirmed dead, and an estimated 2.5 million people in need of assistance. Mexico has also been suffering countless aftershocks since then, usually just over 5.0 on the Richter scale.
Many prominent Congressmen and other world leaders tweeted their condolences and support, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“My thoughts are with the injured & all those who lost loved ones in last night's deadly earthquake in Mexico,” Trudeau tweeted. “Canada stands ready to help.”
My thoughts are with the injured & all those who lost loved ones in last night's deadly earthquake in Mexico. Canada stands ready to help.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 8, 2017
But, one of the voices that was noticeably missing was the voice of the ever active President Trump, who didn't send a customary message of condolence, as the White House typically does in case of natural disasters.
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Trump has finally given his reason for waiting a week before talking about the earthquake, and his excuse is just as weak as he is.
“Spoke to President of Mexico to give condolences on terrible earthquake,” Trump said on Twitter. “Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site.”
Spoke to President of Mexico to give condolences on terrible earthquake. Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
Mexican President Peña Nieto has already travelled to the areas that were hit twice, but he's spent a considerable amount of time in the capital.
Early this week he travelled to Mexico's southernmost state, and went bacl to the capital that same day. On his next trip, mid-week, he travelled to another area that was affected to make sure the relief efforts were moving along smoothly. The cell service in those areas wasn't affected majorly, judging by the social media traffic coming from those parts. Peña Nieto's twitter has been frequently updated as well, sharing photos from affected areas and pictures of the president visiting, usually captured by people on mobile devices.
Me encuentro en Santa María Xadani, Oaxaca, para supervisar los avances en la atención de las personas afectadas por el sismo. pic.twitter.com/T7ZGtfyCkF
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) September 13, 2017
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) September 11, 2017
His tweets, when translated, say: “I'm in María Xadani, Oaxaca, to monitor progress in the care of people affected by the earthquake” and “I made a tour of work by Tonalá, Chiapas, to oversee the response to the population affected by the earthquake.”
It's sad to see how little Trump cares about Mexico, especially considering how they not only helped us with Katrina relief efforts, but how they also offered to help with Hurricane Harvey relief, only withdrawing when they had a catastrophe of their own.
After Katrina, Mexico sent engineers, doctors, nurses and even a hospital ship to help. pic.twitter.com/htJrMy4jeM
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) September 14, 2017
So, America, are you sick of a lying and sad excuse for a President yet?