Cheeto-In-Chief Trump Threatens To Pull Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

The big picture on Puerto Rico's recovery

Puerto Rico's death toll from Hurricane Maria rises to 43, power outages remain

The piece, published Thursday, comes after President Trump earlier in the day warned that his administration's response to Puerto Rico can not last "forever". Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.

The agency is also still spending millions of dollars this year on recovery plans in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav in Louisiana and Ike in Texas from 2008.

A steady series of disasters could put 2017 on track to rival Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms as the most costly set of disasters ever. "Congress to decide how much to spend", he added.

The Post editorial chides President Trump for his tweets earlier Thursday, when he said: "We can not keep [the Federal Emergency Management Agency], the Military & the First Responders, who have been incredible (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

Attkisson is a journalist who works for conservative Sinclair Broadcasting. A FEMA spokeswoman later said the agency would remain in Puerto Rico and other disaster-hit areas "every day" throughout their recoveries.

Keep in mind, more than 80% of the island still doesn't have electricity and many don't have cell service or access to clean water. 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. The EPA advised against "tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking from these wells, as it may be unsafe to people's health".

The governor's office did not respond to queries about the total amount of aid requested, which is now equivalent to around half of Puerto Rico's debt of some US$73 billion. "We must give more help, not less!"

Acting Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will make her second trip to the island on Thursday. But it is Trump's tone toward Puerto Rico that has drawn the most criticism.

Ryan will travel to the island with House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey and Rep. Nita Lowey of NY, the top Democrat on the panel.

"It's not easy when you're used to living in an American way of life, and then somebody tell you that you're going to be without power for six or eight months", said Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, who represents Puerto Rico as a nonvoting member of Congress.

Last week, after visiting the island to view relief efforts, Trump had asked Congress to approve an emergency aid package of US$29 billion for Puerto Rico.

The bill stood at $36.5 billion as of Wednesday afternoon.

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