We Cannot Help Puerto Rico 'Forever!'

Leslie Hanson
October 12, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., planned to visit Puerto Rico on Friday.

The Wisconsin Republican says Washington also needs to help the USA territory rebuild its economy.

It was not immediately clear which Superfund sites the EPA was referring to.

The scale of the food crisis dwarfs the more widely publicized challenges of restoring power and communications.

"It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government's help", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat.

Trump, however, has defended his handling of the situation, suggesting late last month that the US territory's leadership and others on the island were relying too heavily on federal assistance and should do more to help themselves.

She added, "your comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a "Hater in Chief".

Quoting former CBS News reporter Sheryl Attkisson and Puerto Rico's governor in a tweet, Trump said the territory's "electric and infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes" and passed the buck to Congress to "decide how much to spend". There are now 18 sites in Puerto Rico on the National Priorities List.

Water has been an issue in the weeks following Hurricane Maria, with residents tapping into pipes along the roadside and lining up at public spigots to trap water in any container they can carry. More than 45 deaths have been attributed to the storm, and 90 percent of the island is without electricity.

"After Trump's most recent comments, Cruz responded via Twitter, "@POTUS It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you!"

President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting that federal help will be limited and blaming the USA territory for its financial struggles.

The tweets Thursday morning are just the latest attacks the President has launched on the US territory, which was devastated by two hurricanes last month. "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been wonderful (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

Coamo, Puerto Rico, a city of 40,000, does not have access to running water almost two weeks after Hurricane Maria ripped the island colony of the US.

Hurricane Maria struck September 20.

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