Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Donald Trump warned on Thursday (Oct 12) that his willingness to help hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited, prompting a furious backlash with the major of San Juan branding the United States president a "Hater in Chief".

Bernie Williams, a Puerto Rico native, is lending a hand in Hurricane Maria efforts on the island along with Major League Baseball and the Yankees.

"We have gone all out for Puerto Rico", Trump said at that meeting with Puerto Rico officials, including Cruz.

White House chief of staff John Kelly said at the White House briefing Thursday that Trump's tweet was "exactly accurate" because first responders "are not going to be there forever". The Department of Defense said Wednesday that 16 percent of the island's residents are without power, although the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority puts the figure closer to 10 percent after an outage at one nuclear plant.

Congress is reportedly prepared to sign off on $6 billion in aid following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the California wild fires.

The mayor tweeted that Trump is "incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you!"

"A lot of Students at Chestnut Academy are either from Puerto Rico or have family members in Puerto Rico, so we thought a baseball game would be a fun way to get the community together such as the C-3 police and the Brightwood Medical Center", Lingel told 22News. Reassuring the island, Kelly said the USA will "stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done".

Short also argued it was wrong for the government to take this moment to expand hurricane relief into larger assistance for Puerto Rico.

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted, "Puerto Rico is still facing a humanitarian crisis".

Velázquez said the funds earmarked for loans to local governments would assist Puerto Rico's "liquidity crisis" and that steps must be taken to ensure that creditors are unable to access funds meant for disaster relief. But the source conceded the optics of the president's handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico have been "terrible".

However Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, who is a member of the House foreign affairs committee, told CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday there's only "so much" the USA can do to help Puerto Rico.

He continued: "I lived through it myself, a victim of floods on numerous occasions, had to clean it up, and I will tell you, nobody came to help us, we handled it ourselves". Rep. Adam Smith, who is top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, is raising the idea with Republicans on his panel, according to congressional aides.

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