‘Don’t Listen To Trump’: FEMA Defies Trump And Offers Puerto Rico Reassurance
Donald Trump hinted on Thursday via Twitter that the United States will be pulling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from Puerto Rico, but FEMA announced that they had other plans for the U.S. territory.
Trump tweeted out on Thursday:
“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”
…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
FEMA spokeswoman Eileen Lainez defied Trump’s remarks and offered Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories reassurance that they will stay and help out.
In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Lainez wrote that the agency “will be w/Puerto Rico, USVI, every state, territory impacted by a disaster every day, supporting throughout their response & recovery.”
.@FEMA will be w/Puerto Rico, USVI, every state, territory impacted by a disaster every day, supporting throughout their response & recovery
— Eileen Lainez (@FEMAspox) October 12, 2017
“FEMA, in coordination and partnership with 36 federal departments and agencies, remains focused on helping the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with life-sustaining commodities and other essential services,” the agency stated in its press release from Wednesday. “As more businesses open and public services are restored, quality of life will continue to improve for many residents.”
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