Trump Blames Puerto Rico, Says Aid Can't Last 'Forever'

President Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Emergency Responders

About 19,000 civilian and military service personnel are working in recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA has said, according to NPR and NBC News.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, with whom Trump has had a running war of words, tweeted that the president's comments were "unbecoming" to a commander in chief and "seem more to come from a 'Hater in Chief'".

Although it was free to play in Thursday's game, Chestnut Academy sold baked goods and water with all proceeds going to the victims of Hurricane Maria.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday he said will bring "great, great health care" to millions of people, said Puerto Rico can't be helped "forever", and urged the Senate to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as his secretary of homeland security.

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 added.

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

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Attkisson is a journalist who works for conservative Sinclair Broadcasting.

"It's heart breaking and it lacks knowledge" of the federal government's responsibility "to the people of our country", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said of Mr. Trump's tweets Thursday. "There will be a period in which we hope sooner rather than later, the U.S. military and (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), generally speaking, can withdraw because then the government and people of Puerto Rico are recovering sufficiently to start the process of rebuilding".

"It all will be determined by the conditions on the ground", the official said. He said there was no current plan to withdraw troops who are supporting FEMA's recovery efforts.

In the first week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Trump was roundly criticized for the government's slow response to provide aide.

The content and timing of the comments, as the island struggles with the storm's aftermath, prompted swift backlash from some Democratic lawmakers, who said such a move would amount to abandoning US citizens. Residents still do not have access to clean water and more than 5,700 residents are living in shelters, according to the office of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello. Hospitals throughout the cash-strapped island of 3.4 million people have been running low on medicine and fuel, and residents and local elected officials have said they expect the death toll to rise.

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