Rally For Puerto Rico Planned Wednesday At The Capitol

Rally For Puerto Rico Planned Wednesday At The Capitol

President Trump issued a warning Thursday to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, saying the US territory's infrastructure was a mess before the storm and warning that federal officials can not stay on the island "forever".

The Category 4 storm hit four months after the territory sought protection from its creditors in the largest US municipal bankruptcy in history, with $74 billion in bond debt and an additional $49 billion in pension obligations. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.

He continued in a third tweet: "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been wonderful (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

Media captionThe Quinones family show the BBC what's left of their home after the hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico.


Despite the 71-year-old's claims Puerto Rico has "survived" the hurricane, 84 per cent of the island is still without electricity, while a third of the population lacks clean drinking water. UNICEF USA also delivered emergency supply kits to provide approximately 60,000 people with basic hygiene supplies, including water purification tablets, water buckets, soap, toothpaste, detergent, sanitary pads and more.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, quickly accused Trump of treating residents of the island - American citizens - differently than the victims of the hurricanes that recently hit Texas, Florida and other parts of the Southeast.

President Trump on Thursday threatened to cease relief efforts in Puerto Rico, where a humanitarian crisis has been underway for the past three weeks. We want them to be safe and sound and secure.

In May, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello moved to file for bankruptcy after the island defaulted on $70 billion of bonds. "And we will be there every day until that happens".

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