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20th of October 2017

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Trump Threatens To Yank FEMA Responders From Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to withdraw federal aid from Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory continues struggling to recover from back-to-back hurricanes.

In a series of tweets, Trump quoted conservative journalist and frequent Fox News guest Sharyl Attkison blaming Puerto Rico for its festering financial crisis and suggested Federal Emergency Management Agency aid could soon end.

“Congress to decide how much to spend,” Trump tweeted. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

...accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

...We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

Puerto Rican officials have pleaded with the government for more help after the island was pounded by major hurricanes Irma and Maria last month. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, among others, has harshly criticized the Trump administration response.

Cruz responded to Trump’s Thursday tweets with a fresh blast, calling him a “hater-in-chief.”

@POTUS your comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a “Hater in Chief”.

— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 12, 2017

The House of Representatives is set to vote Thursday on a disaster relief bill that includes a $4.9 billion loan for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Puerto Rican governor estimates $95 billion in damage.

Roughly 83 percent of the island remained without power and more than one-third was without access to drinking water. Impassable roads blocked rescue and recovery crews from remote areas. More than 5,600 people were still living in shelters, according to a government website tracking Puerto Rico’s recovery.

FEMA officials told The Guardian the government and its partners provide 200,000 meals a day, but millions of people are in need of aid.

Last week, Trump announced a vague plan to “wipe” away the Puerto Rican government’s $73 billion debt. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney attempted to walk back the president’s comments.

Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly praised himself and his administration for what he claims is a job well done. He visited the island last week, tossing rolls of paper towels at storm victims and complaining that the island’s crisis had “thrown our budget a little out of whack.”

Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation. So much work! pic.twitter.com/k2jAkIpfjI

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017

This article has been updated to include the San Juan mayor’s response and the latest recovery statistics.

The Huffington Post

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