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President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Puerto Rico is going to have to shoulder more responsibility for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, saying the federal government's emergency responders can't stay there "forever."

His comments -- in which he also blamed the beleaguered island for a financial crisis "largely of their own making" and infrastructure that was a "disaster" before the hurricane -- come as Puerto Rico still reels from a lack of electricity, public health access and a rising death toll. The remarks quickly prompted cries from Democratic lawmakers, who argue that Puerto Rico still needs a lot of help, as well as the mayor of San Juan, who said they were "unbecoming" and appeared to come from a "hater in chief."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/12/politics/d...index.html

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Puerto Rico is going to have to shoulder more responsibility for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, saying the federal government's emergency responders can't stay there "forever."

His comments -- in which he also blamed the beleaguered island for a financial crisis "largely of their own making" and infrastructure that was a "disaster" before the hurricane -- come as Puerto Rico still reels from a lack of electricity, public health access and a rising death toll.

He wrote in two separate tweets, "'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.' says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of........accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend..."

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

Trump's tweets come nearly three weeks after the hurricane, as the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45, authorities said.

Paul Ryan leading bipartisan delegation to Puerto Rico on Friday

At least 113 people remain unaccounted for, according to Karixia Ortiz, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico's Department of Public Safety.

The recovery has moved slowly since Maria struck the US territory on September 20, leaving most of the island without basic services such as power and running water, according to residents, relief workers and local elected officials.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/...ar-AAtldFH

President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Declaring the U.S. territory's electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that relief workers will not stay “forever.”

Three weeks after Maria made landfall, much of Puerto Rico, an island of 3.4 million people, remains without power. Residents struggle to find clean water, hospitals are running short on medicine, and commerce is slow, with many businesses closed.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post...727695850d
It’s a US territory, they have to stay there forever..
Probably Trump is just not impressed at how the government of Puerto Rico blew all their money and went bankrupt. Some of the stuff I think they expect them to fix was not taken care of even before the hurricane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rzNj5-RkMo
US House panel approves $36.5 billion for disaster relief
The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has approved $36.5 billion in emergency funding for relief from the recent hurricanes and wildfires.
The bill includes $7 billion more than the White House had sought last week and nearly $6 billion more for the Federal Emergency Management Agency than the administration's requested.
The bill includes $576.6 million for wildfire efforts, $16 billion for the National Flood Insurance program and a provision enabling low-income Puerto Ricans to receive emergency nutrition assistance.
Published 1:25 PM ET Wed, 11 Oct 2017
Reuters


The problem is, will the PR Govt distribute it to where it needs to go?
Not knowing much about the politics of Puerto Rico (other than hispanics as a culture don't support or are otherwise antagonistic towards Trump, at least in a majority), this nevertheless seems like a somewhat poor, other PR (public relations) move by Trump, imo.  Unless he's playing hardball and tweeting shit, which is his m.o., of course.

Maybe as Potus you have to make such public statements to indicate certain things to various constituents and reassure agencies and departments who are invested in agendas beyond disaster relief efforts to a commonwealth.  It just seems like he could have toned down the phrasing, or waited a while longer before publicly indicating, 'sorry, predominantly brown and darker brown peeps...but we's out!"  1dunno1
Maybe T. doesn't have any ambition to be a 2-term President, either...
Three weeks after a storm of that magnitude is not forever. If I were Trump I would be moving heaven and earth to help Puerto Rico even if half the problems were self caused. It would shut the left up about him being heartless. Now he has proven he is heartless to millions who may have considered voting for his second term.
(10-12-2017, 06:22 PM)Pope Trollalotta Wrote: [ -> ]Three weeks after a storm of that magnitude is not forever. If I were Trump I would be moving heaven and earth to help Puerto Rico even if half the problems were self caused. It would shut the left up about him being heartless. Now he has proven he is heartless to millions who may have considered voting for his second term.

Though I agree, he has a poor choice of words. I don't think he means anytime in the short term. But, I've seen posts elsewhere, that's saying he's pulling them out tomorrow. Which, is not what was stated. I think most people have to realize, he's a Businessman not a Politician. Therefore, when he speaks, he comes across a a rough asshole, then the usual smiling lying politician that smiles in your face, while stealing your wallet from your back pocket.
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Well, well...

FBI agents in Puerto Rico have been receiving calls from "across the island" with residents complaining local officials are "withholding" or "mishandling" critical FEMA supplies -- with one island official even accused of stuffing his own car full of goods meant for the suffering populace.

The accusations come in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Maria, which devastated the U.S. territory last month.
“The complaints we’re hearing is that mayors of local municipalities, or people associated with their offices, are giving their political supporters special treatment, goods they’re not giving to other people who need them,” FBI Special Agent Carlos Osorio told Fox News.
Howard Dean: We Should Turn Over Rehab Of Puerto Rico To The Clinton Foundation…

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