We Cannot Help Puerto Rico 'Forever!'

We Cannot Help Puerto Rico 'Forever!'

Democrats said Trump's attacks were "shameful", given that the 3 million-plus US citizens on Puerto Rico are confronting the kind of hardships that would draw howls of outrage if they affected a state.

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

Families wash clothing in a a river under a highway bridge in Coamo, Puerto Rico, a city on the southern coast of the island on Monday, October 2, 2017. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the president's reference to her on Twitter.

"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. "A total lack of accountability say the Governor".

Carmen Yulin Cruz says on Twitter that Trump's words "seem more to come from a 'Hater in Chief".

Puerto Rico has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks ago.

Only 17 percent of the island has electricity, according to the site.

"We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders" in Puerto Rico "forever", President Trump said Thursday, hinting at a possible limit on federal aid to the island territory where 3.4 million Americans have struggled to recover from two destructive hurricanes.

He then went on to propose that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the military and first responders - who he said "have been wonderful (under the most hard circumstances)" - can not stay in the us territory "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. He says Puerto Rico shouldn't expect federal help "forever".

Trump criticized the USA territory in a series of tweets Thursday.

Hurricane Maria struck September 20.

The Environmental Protection Agency is warning Puerto Rico residents not to drink from wells at so-called "Superfund" sites amid reports that some on the island have sought water from the hazardous waste areas.

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