FEMA can't stay in Puerto Rico forever

FEMA can't stay in Puerto Rico forever

After staying silent for days following Hurricane Maria's utter devastation of Puerto Rico, Donald Trump's initial instinct was to blame the island for its problems, remind the USA territory that it owes Wall Street a lot of money, and attack the Mayor of San Juan for stating, factually, that more aid was necessary.

Mr. Trump, who has been criticized for a slow and not always empathetic response to the storms that ravaged the United States territory, sounded off in a series of early-morning tweets.

"Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes", Trump said in a subsequent tweet, also citing a lack of accountability on the island. "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been incredible (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!" One-third of people remained without water, including more than half in the island's north and west.

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Almost 90 percent of the people in Puerto Rico had no power as of October 11. This is essential to meet the IMMEDIATE and long-term recovery needs of 3.4 million US citizens on the island. "FEMA needs to stay until the job is done", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted to Trump. He picked a fight with the mayor of San Juan that has stirred concerns inside the Republican Party about its relations with Latino voters.

President Donald Trump has just threatened to pull FEMA out of Puerto Rico. The Fund will invest in disaster relief, sustainable rebuilding, and capacity building for MA nonprofits that will serve the substantial migration of Puerto Ricans to Boston and throughout the Commonwealth that is expected in the months ahead. "These are great people".

Thousands of our fellow citizens are still out there without clean water, food, communication or roads allowing them to use any available transportation. "And we will be there every day until that happens".

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