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Donald Trump has been at the center of an onslaught of criticism regarding how he has handled Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, with Rihanna recently utilizing her platform to urge the president to take action.
Earlier today (Sept. 28), RiRi took to Twitter to address the president, as well as salute the five former U.S. presidents who have included their relief efforts to focus on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"Dear @realDonaldTrump," Rihanna posted, with the call-to-action since being retweeted over 100K times and counting. "I know you've probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure!"
The tweet, which includes a photo of the cover of the Daily News highlighting the ongoing crisis in the U.S. territory, concludes, "Don't let your people die like this."
Rihanna then took a moment to commemorate the five living former POTUS' who have taken action.
"Round of APPLAUSE to these gentlemen for taking control of this devastating situation!!!" she wrote, reposting an article from CNN highlighting the efforts of Barack Obama, George Bush and more. "#CaribbeanGirl #OneLove."
Rihanna's messages have been echoed by countless celebrities, including Pitbull, John Legend, Common and more. JAY-Z's TIDAL also recently announced it will be sending a plane to Puerto Rico, calling on fans to help fill it with supplies.
The president appears to have finally received the message. Earlier, Trump listened to such criticism, deciding to waive the Jones Act, which will help lessen the financial burden of transporting goods to Puerto Rico.
Take a look at how Rihanna and others have been calling on POTUS to take action, below.
"About 97% of Puerto Rico's 3.4 million people still without power + half do not have running water" https://t.co/qCon7Vpifk— COMMON (@common) September 28, 2017
Yesterday night, I petitioned the @WhiteHouse for a temporary waver of the Jones Act.— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) September 28, 2017
Thank you all for making noise on behalf of our island. Making more noise/raising more 💰 for 🇵🇷 as we speak— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 26, 2017
(that you can dance to)#wait4it
Puerto Rico in crisis right now & Donald has not yet visited or talk about it .PR is part of the USA you know Don't forget about the island— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 24, 2017
This post is to support #PuertoRico , @fatjoe and @tidal, I just wish they involved me to help. To support this post is 1 thing, but I wanted to help personally. I haven't been able to speak to my own family. Not once!! I wanted to help hand to hand, but was told they have big Enough stars already. My heart is bigger then any star any one can provide. I put my whole career on the line for Puerto Rico, and introduced #Reggatone to Americans single handedly, but it's not about me. I just wanna help In Any way I can so I will do so!!! Saturday Jacob Javits Center in New York City is taking all your donations water, batteries, canned food, toilet paper, baby food, toiletries and medicine. Please every one go there and help donate as I am too #PrayForPuertoRico 🙏🏾🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷