To use one of President Donald Trump's favorite words, it is "SAD" that a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, his administration's response to help the over 3 million people living there has been incredibly underwhelming.

San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz broke down in tears on TV because the help they have received so far isn't enough.

FEMA has been on the ground providing aid but according to Cruz, it doesn't have enough resources. When you add in that Congress isn't expecting to discuss an aid package for the island until mid-October (at least, at the time of the interview), the lack of humanity is almost too much to bear. 

And that's not all. The Department of Homeland Security also denied a request to lift the Jones Act on Tuesday, which imposes shipping restrictions that prevented Puerto Rico from getting help as quickly as possible. Please note that Trump had no problem doing this for Texas post-Hurricane Harvey, and Florida post-Hurricane Irma.

Celebrities have been trying to get Trump's attention on Twitter, where he's been distracted with a bizarre NFL beef that should be the least of his concerns at a time like this. They want to get him to act with more urgency.

Marc Anthony snapped!

Trump should be embarrassed. And now Rihanna, who has over 79 million followers on Twitter, used the platform on Thursday to pressure him in the most brilliant way.

She used the cover of the New York Daily News, which detailed some of the most troubling issues the population is facing, to remind him of the dire circumstances Puerto Rico is in.

"Dear @realDonaldTrump I know you've probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure! Don't let your people die like this," she wrote.

It is beyond frustrating that we are in a situation where we feel a president is ignoring the severity of a highly publicized tragedy that happened to his own citizens.

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We have to applaud Rihanna for stepping up not once, but twice for the people living in Puerto Rico.

She sent him a link to an Instagram video detailing the basic needs they don't have covered on Tuesday.

Shortly after her second damning message was sent on Thursday, it was announced that the White House had come to its senses and waived the Jones Act.

We're not saying that she had anything to do with the lift — it was supposedly done at the request of Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosselló. But we're willing to bet that the sudden change in tune is because collective pressure from not just celebrities, but the world at large, made the government do what was right. We'll take that as evidence to never stop speaking out.

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