Trump: ‘We cannot keep FEMA, the Military and the First Responders in P.R. forever’

On Thursday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn Puerto Rico by saying that the U.S. territory’s infrastructure had been a mess even prior to Hurricane Maria made landfall in the region, threatening to call back federal officers, Fox News reported.

Trump made the comments in a trio of tweets early on Thursday morning.

“’Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.’ Says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of accountability say[s] the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote.

“Congress to decide how much to spend…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

 “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” the President said in yet another tweet.

Mr. Trump’s tweets come a week after his visit to Puerto Rico that is still in the early phases of recovering from the wreckage left by Hurricane Maria, deemed the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in almost 100 years.

The President’s was under a barrage of criticism due to his visit, among other things, for reminding that Maria’s death toll was far smaller than that of a  “real catastrophe like Katrina” in 2005.

“Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” the President said. “You can be very proud of all your people.”

Democratic Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, responded to Mr. Trump’s tweets on Thursday.

“Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?” Schumer wrote.

It’s worth noting that Mr. Trump’s remarks come when just about 10% of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million population are without electricity, via The Hill.

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