US Virgin Islands Governor sends letter to President Trump advocating for US aid to The Bahamas
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) has sent a letter to President Donald Trump (R) urging the administration to provide United States aid to The Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
The governor drew on the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María and what Virgin Islanders experienced to empathize with Bahamian residents and their guests.
“Having had these experiences, the people of the Virgin Islands understand all too well the feelings of helplessness, distress and displaced sense of purpose, safety and peace that the people of The Bahamas are currently experiencing,” Governor Bryan wrote. “As a territory of the United States, Virgin Islanders are grateful for the assistance that has been rendered to us by our federal government.”
“We have also benefited greatly from the immediate care, compassion, and support of countries and persons that helped with monetary donations and supplies during our time of need. We can attest to the comfort we felt when global communities came together to lift our spirits and ease the burden of the disaster recovery process” Governor Bryan wrote.
“Seeing the unprecedented devastation to the homes, businesses, and beauty of The Bahamas created by the magnitude of Hurricane Dorian, and understanding the uncertainties of their future, I am obliged to seek your assistance on behalf of the Bahamian people.”
The Governor also sent a courtesy copy of his letter urging aid to Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Hubert Minnis.