The New York Times published an article praising the federal government’s response to both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on Tuesday; conveniently forgetting to mention one crucial player in the middle of the national recovery effort: President Donald Trump.
The extensive article, titled “Amid Chaos of Storms, U.S. Shows It Has Improved Its Response,” applauded the Trump administration’s handling of the deadly storms, saying the US has learned from prior disasters and has drastically sped-up recovery efforts.
Absent from the article was any mention of the President himself.
The Times largely credited the streamlined disaster relief to better weather forecasting, increased coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as evacuation procedures and “hurricane-resistant building practices.”
“Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may have revealed a largely unnoticed truth often buried under the news of unfolding tragedy: The United States appears to be improving in the way it responds to hurricanes, at a time when climate scientists say the threats from such storms, fueled by warming oceans, are growing only more dire,” writes the author.
“While the Homeland Security Department has been criticized as being expensive and bloated, it has also insured a system in which local, state and federal officials are inured to the idea of working and communicating together,” the article adds.