President Trump on Thursday advised he might pull federal aid staff from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and let it fend for itself – saying emergency responders can’t keep there “eternally.”
In a collection of tweets, the president once more sought to partially blame the US territory for its personal plight, saying its “electrical and all infrastructure was catastrophe earlier than hurricanes.”
Trump wrote that Congress should determine how a lot federal funds to applicable to the beleaguered island for its restoration efforts after Hurricane Maria.
“We can’t hold FEMA, the Army & the First Responders, who’ve been superb (underneath probably the most troublesome circumstances) in P.R. endlessly!” he tweeted.
He unleashed his tweetstorm whereas solely about 10 % of the island’s three.four million residents have electrical energy, Puerto Rico’s authorities stated Tuesday.
Trump — who has been roundly criticized for his administration’s response in Puerto Rico – additionally quoted TV journalist Sharyl Attkisson as saying: “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a monetary disaster looms largely of their very own making.”
“A complete lack of accountability say the Governor,” he wrote.
Trump has been on the defensive after his go to to the island, the place he was mocked for tossing rolls of paper towels at native residents as if he was capturing jumpshots.
He additionally was assailed for saying that the demise toll was decrease than the “actual disaster” of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina.
His newest Twitter rant runs counter to what he stated in a Sept. 29 speech.
“We won’t relaxation, nevertheless, till the individuals of Puerto Rico are protected,” he stated, the Washington Submit reported.
“These are nice individuals. We would like them to be protected and sound and safe. And we will probably be there day-after-day till that occurs,” he added.
And in a go to to the island final week, Vice President Mike Pence additionally vowed that Workforce Trump can be with Puerto Rico “each step of the best way.”
“We’re with you, we stand with you, and we might be with you each single day till Puerto Rico is restored greater and higher than ever earlier than,” he stated.
In the meantime, Puerto Rico continues to be reeling from a scarcity of energy, public well being entry and a rising demise toll after the hurricane struck Sept. 20.
At the least 113 individuals stay unaccounted for, stated Karixia Ortiz, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Division of Public Security, CNN reported.