Trump warns post-hurricane Puerto Rico, says FEMA won't stay 'forever'

Carmen Yulín Cruz

Trump warns post-hurricane Puerto Rico, says FEMA won't stay 'forever'

Donald Trump renewed his criticisms of Puerto Rico on Thursday and said the USA government could not keep providing federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria "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".

"When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best and this state has proved that once again with the overwhelming generosity that has been shown for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria", Governor Cuomo said.

"Congress to decide how much to spend.We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been wonderful (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!" he added.

The House is on track to back Trump's request for billions more in disaster aid, $16bn to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat.

Trump has been roundly criticized for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated much of Puerto Rico.

His tweets come at a time when only about 10 percent of the island's 3.4 million residents have electricity, Puerto Rico's government said Tuesday.

"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making", tweeted Trump, apparently quoting television newscaster Sharyl Attkisson. One-third of people remained without water, including more than half in the island's north and west.

In another tweet, Schumer wrote, "Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?" "Puerto Rico was totally destroyed".

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