Our gente needs help, but professional idiot Trump wants to fight NBA and NFL players instead. Disgusting.
Hurricane Maria left the agricultural industry on Puerto Rico in shambles after dragging across the U.S. territory as a Category 4 storm last week, according to The New York Times.
About 80 percent of the crop value on the island is gone, according to Carlos Flores Ortega, Puerto Rico's secretary of Agriculture. The department's preliminary figures estimate a $780 million loss in agriculture yields across the territory.
Trees are stripped of both leaves and bark, with entire fields simply bare, blown away by Maria's unrelenting winds. The Times reported that it only took a matter of hours for the storm to become one of the costliest in the history of the island's agriculture industry.
Crops of banana, plantain and coffee were damaged the most, Agriculture department officials told the newspaper. Infrastructure for livestock, including chicken coops and dairy barns, were destroyed and entire plantations are gone.
Due to Puerto Rico's ongoing economic recession, the island imports around 85 percent of its food for consumption, the Times said.
How much have @realdonaldtrump and the administration challenged ethical norms? Our senior political reporter Dave Levinthal moderated a great panel at #TribFest17 this weekend to discuss.⠀
Panelists were: ⠀
• Walter Shaub, senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center and former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics⠀
• Matthew Miller, former director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Department of Justice⠀
• Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush's Administration and vice chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington⠀
• Ken Starr, former solicitor general of the U.S⠀
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