US President Donald Trump has gone on Twitter to suggest that cruise ships could help Bahamians hit by Hurricane Dorian.
He also cited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who were asked “to move people in the badly hit sections of the Bahamas to other sections of the Bahamas that were not hit.”
....that were not hit – and that are in good condition. Any cruise ship companies willing to act as stationary housing, etc., I am sure would be appreciated!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2019
Most netizens quipped at Trump’s remarks, recalling that cruise ship companies including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Norwegian Cruise Line Holding Ltd. have already been involved in relief efforts in the Bahamas where the death toll climbed to 43 on Saturday.
“How about flying people to the famous Trump Doral hotel. You have so many empty rooms there,” one user tweeted while another warned that President Trump “can never be trusted.”
They know what to do without you. Don't take credit.— Sharon Not Karen ☮🌊🐾 (@SGarner2603) September 7, 2019
How about flying people to the famous Trump Doral hotel. YOU have so many empty rooms there.— NIP (@nig0223) September 7, 2019
The cruiselines are already helping. Once again, you are not capable of an original thought.— deborah brightwell (@dbrightwell) September 7, 2019
Don’t care what trump does his motivations can NEVER be trusted pic.twitter.com/9GFqPnbASy— Rodney E Krogstad (@52gopher) September 7, 2019
The cruise lines were AHEAD OF YOU with this idea. DON'T try to claim it as your own! pic.twitter.com/h9m6g4Gdh6— LouisJohnsonComedy (@LouisJohnson) September 7, 2019
You FINALLY decided to address this humanitarian catastrophe?— Jean L.P. Jaurès (@larsp2740) September 6, 2019
After six days of trying to defend your absurd lie about Alabama?
Great priorities, Mr. President. Great priorities.
Some others, however, signalled their fully-fledged support for Trump’s actions, thanking him for “all of his concern.”
President Trump’s concern and desire to help the people in the Bahamas is a great thing and is much appreciated I’m sure.— RD (@real_defender) September 7, 2019
Thanks President Trump for all of your concern!— MatthewJshow (@MatthewJshow) September 6, 2019
Thank you for everything you do, President Trump!— rexsheff (@rexsheff) September 7, 2019
Thank you President Trump!!! Best POTUS EVER!!!❤❤❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/4NJksbfnQG— Pursuing Jesus (@elianatrue) September 6, 2019
The tweets come amid public uproar over Trump’s drive to stick to his story that Alabama could be among the states hit by Hurricane Dorian, despite the fact that this has already been refuted by the National Weather Service’s Twitter account.