Trump Threatens to Pull FEMA Out of Puerto Rico

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

President Trump suggested again on Thursday that Puerto Rico bore some of the blame for its current crisis following twin hurricanes, and that there were limits to how long he would keep troops and federal emergency workers on the island to help.

The Category 4 storm hit four months after the territory sought protection from its creditors in the largest US municipal bankruptcy in history, with $74 billion in bond debt and an additional $49 billion in pension obligations. Trump said on Twitter, citing a "total lack of accountability". "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been incredible (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

She's been deeply concerned about her loved ones in Puerto Rico, who are coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Trump has come under fire for a patronising and callous attitude to the island, and got into a high-profile spat with the capital's mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz. Today, in partnership with DHL and White Plains Lincoln, Senator Murphy announced Operation Aid Puerto Rico.

"We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe", Trump continued. One-third of people remained without water, including more than half in the island's north and west.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, quickly accused Trump of treating residents of the island - American citizens - differently than the victims of the hurricanes that recently hit Texas, Florida and other parts of the Southeast. Trump tweeted a little after 7 a.m.

Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue, said, "As JetBlue continues to support Puerto Rico, launching relief and recovery programs for the island within 100 days in 35 ways, we'd like to thank Governor Cuomo for his ongoing leadership in the recovery efforts". Though its citizens can move freely throughout the country and serve in the United States military, they cannot vote and have little ability to sway policies that affect them.

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