Trump lauds 'athleticism' of Caribbean-Americans as Hurricane Maria death toll tops 4,600 in Puerto Rico
President Donald Trump (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

On Thursday, the White House issued a press release proclaiming June National Caribbean-American Heritage month. What happens during Caribbean-American Heritage Month?


"During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor America's long-shared history with our neighbors in the Caribbean and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have enriched our Nation."

That includes supplying America with Olympic athletes. "Through their tremendous athleticism and determination, they have brought pride to the hearts of the American people as members of numerous U.S. Olympic teams."

Even as Donald Trump showed his profound appreciation for the diverse talents of the Caribbean people, estimates of the death toll in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria shot up to 4,600, according to a recent study. Most deaths occurred due to interruptions in medical care due to power outages, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

CBS reported today that full power is not likely to be restored for another two months.

"I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities," the president concluded.