Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House weighs aid package


President Donald Trump is criticizing hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and says the government can't keep federal aid there "forever". He tweeted, "Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes". Texas and Florida - two states Trump won during last year's presidential election - also were struck by severe hurricanes recently, but the President has made no public indication that the federal government is pulling back on its response there. A total lack of.accountability say the Governor.

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

Since the recession on the island started 10 years ago, almost half a million people (about 12% of the total population) have left to work in the U.S. Many of those who have left have young families with children, so the school-age population has plummeted, adding pressure for education cuts on an already strained system.

Puerto Rico has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks ago, leaving death and destruction in an unparalleled humanitarian crisis. The legislation set for a vote allows up to $4.9 billion in direct loans to local governments in a bid to ease Puerto Rico's financial crunch. One-third of the island lacks clean running water and just 8 per cent of its roads are passable, according to government statistics. He also complained that the recovery efforts had "thrown our budget a little out of whack", and noted that the death toll was lower than the "real catastrophe" of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005.

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.

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Democrats said Trump's attacks were "shameful", given that the 3 million-plus US citizens on Puerto Rico are confronting the kind of hardships that would draw howls of outrage if they affected a state. "It's regrettable and it's sad for those people but there only is physically, humanly possible so much that any nation could do in the wake of devastation". "We must give more help, not less!"

Acting Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will make her second trip to the island on Thursday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., planned to visit Puerto Rico on Friday.

Ryan will travel to the island with House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey and Rep. Nita Lowey of NY, the top Democrat on the panel. The financial situation is more complicated than Trump's tweets suggest.