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Trump Rails Against Federal Aid For Puerto Rico, Threatens To Abandon The Island

On Thursday, President Donald Trump railed against federal aid for Puerto Rico as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to weigh $36.5 billion in emergency relief for the U.S. territory and threatened to abandon the island in a time of need.

In an early morning Teetstorm, Trump unleashed his fury over Puerto Rico, citing commentary from Sinclair Broadcasting TV host Sharyl Attkisson, who said that the island was entering a financial crisis “largely of their own making.”

The erratic president then blasted the government of Puerto Rico for showing “a total lack of accountability,” while then saying that Congress needed to set a limit on how much it spends on helping Puerto Rico recover from a hurricane.

And to top it off, he then finished by saying that America simply “cannot keep FEMA, the military, and first responders… in P.R. forever!”

At the time of Trump’s tweets, FEMA is estimating that 36% of Puerto Ricans lack access to drinking water, while 90% of the island lacks electricity.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers said the US will not abandon its people.

“These funds are vital right now, in the near term, to get the aid where it is needed most,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican, said.

“More assistance will be required in the near future,” he added, saying his panel was monitoring the crises as they unfold.

Democratic Representative Nydia Velázquez of New York, 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.

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