Puerto Rico is still without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria and the bungled relief efforts by both FEMA and Trump have garnered concern and criticism throughout the world. Perhaps in an effort to counter-balance what has already been botched, Melania Trump has taken to the airwaves to implore Americans to help. Newsweek:
The video represents the first live comments by the first lady on the natural disasters since she and the president traveled to Puerto Rico on Oct. 3 to survey relief efforts. In that much-mocked appearance, President Trump complained that the Caribbean island had “thrown our budget a little of whack” and said Hurricane Maria wasn't a "real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina in 2005 because there were only 16 deaths on the island at the time. [There are now 48 and the number is still expected to rise dramatically.]
He landed in more hot water when he threw rolls of paper towels into a crowd waiting for relief. Melania Trump's choice of footwear also earned criticism after she boarded presidential planes in stilettos before changing into sneakers.
America is noticing. A new CNN poll shows that 47 percent of respondents disapproved of the way the president has handled efforts to aid the island of 3.4 million Americans. Trump had a 25 percent disapproval rating after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the mainland.
Here she is, the Stepford First Lady.