Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Emergency Responders

Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Emergency Responders

Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Puerto Rico, saying he will not keep emergency workers on the devastated island "forever".

Trump was apparently referring to a "simple back-of-the-envelope calculation" from CEA chairman Kevin Hassett, who estimated in a speech last month that if USA firms didn't park their profits overseas, the jump in US corporate profits would be passed on to workers, and over eight years, "the median USA household would get a $4,000 real income raise".

"A total lack of accountability say the Governor", he said on Twitter.

The president added: "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been fantastic (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

Several lawmakers from hurricane-hit states said a third interim aid request is expected shortly - with a final, huge hurricane recovery and rebuilding package likely to be acted upon by the end of the year.

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Besides, they demanded that the Consulate General in San Francisco should be closed and the consul general's residence emptied.

"He wrote in two separate tweets, "'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.' says Sharyl Attkisson.

To clarify, that's the president of the United States (1) doubling down on his claim that, really, the commonwealth brought this on itself; (2) suggesting that, despite the fact that almost 90 percent of people are still without power and some may be drinking from Superfund sites because they don't have clean water, the federal government is about ready to wash its hands of the situation; and (3) implying that the people of Puerto Rico are pulling a fast one on him, trying to take advantage to extract more aid than they really need.

Trump has come under fire for a patronising and callous attitude to the island, and got into a high-profile spat with the capital's mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Weeks after Maria made landfall, 84 percent of Puerto Ricans don't have power. The main issue with that hurricane was that the levies broke, sending flood waters into the city, drowning hundreds or even thousands of people while destroying virtually everything in its path. Schumer tweeted at Trump.

President Donald Trump has just threatened to pull FEMA out of Puerto Rico. Though its citizens can move freely throughout the country and serve in the USA military, they cannot vote and have little ability to sway policies that affect them. "These are great people. And we will be there every day until that happens".

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