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Rihanna confronts Trump about Puerto Rico: 'Don't let your people die like this'

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Rihanna confronted President Donald Trump on Twitter early Thursday, imploring him to do more to help the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The 29-year-old singer tweeted an image of Wednesday’s New York Daily News cover, featuring the headline “American Tragedy” and reading “No food, no water, no power, no medical care for the dying… Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!”

“Dear @realDonaldTrump I know you’ve probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure!” Rihanna wrote alongside the image. “Don’t let your people die like this.”

Rihanna is one of several celebrities — including Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Marc Anthony — who are using their voice to help ravaged Puerto Rico, which is without basic necessities eight days after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

In a handful of tweets throughout the week, Trump has addressed the nation’s response to the devastation in the U.S. territory. “Much food and water there/on way,” he tweeted Tuesday, later adding, “We will get through this TOGETHER!”

“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” he wrote in a series of posts on Monday. “It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well. #FEMA.”

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