President Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Emergency Responders

President Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Emergency Responders

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

Significant relief efforts remain underway in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, totaling over $1.4 billion this year in disaster recovery money, plus another $1.2 billion this year after Hurricane Matthew last year.

"Congress to decide how much to spend.We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been wonderful (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!" he added.

"The president is committed to helping to make sure that we do what is necessary to help to rebuild the island, but there are some elements that pre-existed the hurricane", Marc Short said on CNN.

The Department of Defense said Wednesday that 16 percent of the island's residents are without power, although the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority puts the figure closer to 10 percent after an outage at one nuclear plant.

"It's heart breaking and it lacks knowledge" of the federal government's responsibility "to the people of our country", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said of Mr. Trump's tweets Thursday.

"My argument to him was, I have some ideas, but there are people who have even more, better ones, because they live or lived in Puerto Rico, they understand its politics, its economics, its pre-existing challenges and its long-term opportunities", he said.

Trump has been complaining about Puerto Rico's debt and infrastructure issues since the hurricanes made landfall and has claimed the mayor of San Juan has poor leadership skills.


"@POTUS your comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a "Hater in Chief", she tweeted.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, which has a sizeable Puerto Rican community, told Reuters he had urged Trump to create a high-level task force to provide advice for rebuilding Puerto Rico, and that the president was receptive to the idea. "Puerto Rico se levanta!"

Rubio said it is up to the oversight board charged with resolving Puerto Rico's debt crisis to determine how to address the island's debt, noting that private debt owed to investors with legal recourse can not simply be "forgiven" by the federal government.

Congress is reportedly prepared to sign off on $6 billion in aid following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the California wild fires.

60 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working on generator power. In addition to the federal effort, 22 states have responded to calls for aid in Puerto Rico.

The words were taken by some as a hint at abandoning Puerto Rico.

Democratic Representative Nydia Velazquez of NY, which has a large Puerto Rican community, chastised Trump.

Days later, during an October 3 visit to the island, Trump said USA relief efforts in Puerto Rico, bankrupt before the storm, had "thrown our budget a little out of whack" and was filmed casually tossing rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a disaster relief center.

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