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Marc Anthony To Trump: 'Shut The F**k Up About NFL' And Help Puerto Rico

The salsa superstar calls Trump out for lashing out at the NFL rather than leading on pressing issues.

09/26/2017 15:59 EDT | Updated 09/26/2017 16:08 EDT

Over the weekend, 3.4 million Puerto Ricans dealt with “apocalyptic” conditions in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

On Wednesday, the U.S. territory was slammed by the storm that  Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has described as a “major disaster, not unlike Katrina or Sandy.”

The storm has taken at least 13 lives and left residents with no access to water, power or roads.

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Singer Marc Anthony rehearses the national anthem prior to the final session of the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

Yet, President Donald Trump did not tweet about Puerto Rico once over the weekend. Instead he tweeted about sports a total of 17 times between Saturday and Monday morning due to backlash he received for harshly criticizing NFL players who kneel or sit during the national anthem in as a way to protest racial injustice.

This spurred Marc Anthony, one the island’s most notable celebrities, to call the president out.  

On Monday, the salsa singer blasted Trump on Twitter.

“Mr. President shut the fuck up about NFL,” he wrote. “Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico. We are American citizens too.”

Trump approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico on Sept. 17, after the territory sustained over $1 billion in damages from Hurricane Irma. He acknowledged that Puerto Rico “was absolutely obliterated” by Maria last week, and said he would visit the territory, though he did not say when.

Since Maria hit Puerto Rico last week, many Boricua stars have given emotional pleas online, asking for aid, including Anthony:

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