Trump Blames Puerto Rico, Says Aid Can't Last 'Forever'


Hurricane Maria hit just three weeks ago. "A total lack of accountability say the Governor".

In a series of tweets, the president added, "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes".

Trump tweeted early in the morning that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the USA military and first responders can't stay in Puerto Rico indefinitely, prompting criticism from San Juan's mayor, among others.

Amid the humanitarian catastrophe, Trump took to Twitter to threaten an end to aid for the US territory.

Democratic Representative Nydia Velázquez of NY, which has a large Puerto Rican community, said the relief package was "just the start" of federal aid to the island, where large areas remain without electricity or running water three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

Others, including House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Puerto Rican mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, also pleaded with Trump to not abandon the island, home to 3.4 million USA citizens.

The tweets Thursday morning are just the latest attacks the President has launched on the USA territory, which was devastated by two hurricanes last month.

The Environmental Protection Agency, in an email Thursday (Oct 12) to reporters about its relief efforts, notes that it has received reports of people trying to drink potentially unsafe Superfund water, from wells that were sealed to avoid human exposure to toxins: "There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste "Superfund" sites in Puerto Rico". This is the time to show our "true colors". The President was likely irked by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for repeatedly appearing on cable news to ask for more help for Puerto Rico.

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

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The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on a bill to provide an additional $36.5 billion for hurricane disaster relief efforts, including in Puerto Rico. "Mr. President, fulfill your moral imperative towards the people of Puerto Rico". But the source conceded the optics of the president's handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico have been "terrible". Of that amount, $4.9 billion is earmarked for loans to local governments to ensure that the cash-strapped Puerto Rico can keep government programs operating beyond October 31.

After years of economic challenges, Puerto Rico was already in the process of restructuring much of its $74 billion in debt before the hurricane struck.

60 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working on generator power.

Meanwhile, 84% of the island is still without electricity, and roughly half of Puerto Ricans have no cell phone service, according to the Washington Post.

Officials in Puerto Rico have said it could take $5 billion to get the island's electrical infrastructure up and running again.

Maria devastated the island amid a severe financial crisis, with the government filing for bankruptcy in May.

"There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste "Superfund" sites in Puerto Rico", the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a release. He added, "We've saved a lot of lives".

Some of those mayors have called for all supplies to go through them, so they can distribute the aid. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the president's reference to her on Twitter. (He must have seen the promotion last Sunday.) See my interview w/Puerto Rico's governor on the island's fiscal disaster prior to the hurricane.