President Donald Trump might be striking out with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, but this former Yankee isn’t.
Bernie Williams, a Puerto Rico native, is lending a hand in Hurricane Maria efforts on the island along with Major League Baseball and the Yankees. A cargo plane chartered by MLB was set to take off Thursday morning, NY1 reports.
Williams was expected to be on hand to load boxes of diapers, baby food, water, and other essential supplies onto the plane before it takes off for the island.
MLB has raised over $15 million in aid so far to help people that have been affected by the storm as well as those impacted by the earthquake in Mexico.
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While MLB has been doing what it could to lend a hand to Puerto Rico, Trump hasn’t appeared to be all that eager to help.
Trump brought up the country’s debt crisis in a tweet Thursday morning. He quoted journalist Sharyl Attkisson, tweeting “”Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”
He followed it up suggesting FEMA and other aid groups can’t remain in the country forever and stating Congress would determine how much money to spend.
Congress is reportedly prepared to sign off on $6 billion in aid following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the California wild fires.