Springfield residents came together for a charity baseball game Thursday night to raise money to support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
Cuomo continued to press Perry and questioned how he could call the efforts a "success story" when "there are people starving" in Puerto Rico, to which Perry replied that they're "not starving".
Congressional leaders of both political parties defended the need to send resources to the USA territory, which was devastated by two hurricanes this summer.
"My argument to him was, I have some ideas, but there are people who have even more, better ones, because they live or lived in Puerto Rico, they understand its politics, its economics, its pre-existing challenges and its long-term opportunities", he said. During an event last week honoring the heritage of Hispanics, for example, the president said, "We will be there all the time to help Puerto Rico recover, restore, rebuild".
Bernie Williams, a Puerto Rico native, is lending a hand in Hurricane Maria efforts..
FEMA's focus, the official said, is to "move from the response phase to recovery", adding the recovery phase often takes years.
Springfield police Sgt. Julio Toledo told 22News that the game strengthened the relationship with the Springfield community and those with families in Puerto Rico.
White House chief of staff John Kelly, speaking to reporters, said the military and other emergency responders were trying very hard to "work themselves out of a job".
The recovery has moved slowly since Maria struck the United States territory on September 20, leaving most of the island without basic services such as power and running water, according to residents, relief workers and local elected officials.
"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.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the discussions. "@RealDonaldTrump seems more anxious about blaming hurricane victims than helping them".
As for the issue of accountability, the president may have been referring to reports of inefficiency and mismanagement among Puerto Rico's local governments. But the federal relief effort has also hit problems such as reported hoarding by municipal employees, Tom said, citing it as one reason for the "militarization of the aid operation" in Puerto Rico.
The House bill includes a one-time payment of $1.27 billion to help Puerto Rico receive access to the U.S. Disaster Nutrition Program. Puerto Ricans, who are US citizens, are likely to continue to flee to the mainland United States unless conditions improve, with Florida one of their top destinations.
House Speaker Paul Ryan will lead a bipartisan delegation visiting Puerto Rico on Friday, according to the speaker's office. "It's not easy when you are continue to suffer - see the suffering of the people without food, without water, and actually living in a humanitarian crisis".