Diary from Trumpland

A tale of two islands

Print edition : October 27, 2017

People wade through a flooded street in Havana, Cuba, on September 10 after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP

Carmen Yulin Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, at a hospital where a generator had failed and the authorities were working to transfer patients, on September 30. President Trump lashed out at the Mayor for criticising his administration’s efforts to aid the island after Hurricane Maria, accusing her of “poor leadership”. Photo: Victor J. Blue/The New York Times

One island, a poor socialist state with infrastructure in grave need of modernisation, has slowly emerged out of the chaos caused by a hurricane’s wrath, while the other, a territory of the richest country in the world, cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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