Trump criticised for ‘not good’ language describing record-breaking Hurricane Irma
The US President has been criticised for his poor choice of words as Hurricane Irma crosses the Caribbean and heads towards Florida.
With winds of 185mph, Hurricane Irma has obliterated islands and left a trail of destruction in its wake.
The Category five storm has broken multiple records for severity and remains on course to hit the US state of Florida where a mass evacuation is under way.
Against the backdrop of destruction and alarm US President Donald Trump gave his assessment, describing Irma as “not good. Believe me, not good”.
On social media, people latched on to the phrase calling it an “understatement” and “stunningly inarticulate” while others turned the words on Trump and his presidency.
This is a sentence spoken by the man we elected President, about a hurricane:— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) September 6, 2017
"It looks like it could be something that will be not good."
Hurricane Irma will be 'not good'...Will someone give Trump a thesaurus please!— SpiceyChai (@riccadonna01) September 6, 2017
"Can you describe the potential effects of a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 18mph, that will impact a whole state?"— somebody told me (@uhadaboyfriend) September 7, 2017
Trump "not good"
#hurricaneirma2017 "Believe me Not good" DT— UNITE & FIGHT (@stopthenutjob) September 6, 2017
Coal NOT GOOD
Paris Withdrawal NOT GOOD
Climate Liars NOT GOOD
Donald Trump NOT GOOD
On Twitter, the president told residents of Florida, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico that “we are with you all”.
Just spoke w/ Governors Rick Scott of Florida, Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands & Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico. WE ARE W/ YOU ALL! pic.twitter.com/k92cslgKFa— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
He has also approved states of emergency declarations in the region.
Away from his interesting use of language, the president was being supported and thanked for his comments on social media.
Thank you Mr. President, we highly appreciate your support for Puerto Rico. We are hoping to become the 51 State to vote for you in 2020.— Dr. Jose Del Toro (@DrJoseDelToro1) September 7, 2017
Thank you. The US citizens in PR will need all the help they can get after the storm. 🇵🇷— Fernando Toro 🇵🇷 (@fernandotoro) September 7, 2017