Trump puts Puerto Rico on notice over hurricane aid

Sonia Torres poses in her broken home, 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, on 11 Oct 2017 in Aibonito, Puerto RicoImage copyright
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A householder in the storm-hit hull of her home in Aibonito, Puerto Rico

US President Donald Trump has griped about emergency service efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, observant sovereign assist can't continue “forever”.

In tweets, he accused Puerto Rico of a “total miss of accountability”, adding that “electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes”.

The island, whose 3.4 million residents are US citizens, is 90% but power, some 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria.

On Thursday, Congress authorized a $36.5bn (£28bn) disaster service bill.

The cross-party bill, which still requires Senate approval, provides emergency charge service for Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and the US Virgin Islands, as good as wildfire-ravaged California.

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In Thursday’s morning tweets, the US boss remarkable it was up to “Congress to confirm how much to spend”.

But he added: “We can't keep FEMA, the Military the First Responders, who have been extraordinary (under the many formidable circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

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The mayor of Puerto Rican collateral San Juan pronounced Mr Trump’s tweets prominence his “desperation” and the “inadequacy” of the hurricane response.

“It is not that you do not get it,” Carmen Yulin Cruz added, “it is that you are unqualified of consolation and honestly simply can't get the pursuit done.”

White House arch of staff John Kelly pronounced after the US would mount with Puerto Rico “until the pursuit is done”.

He also pronounced the boss was “exactly accurate” to claim that sovereign crew are “not going to be there forever”.

Media captionJohn Kelly: ‘I was not brought in to control Trump’

The charge killed at slightest 45 people in the US territory, while some-more than 100 others sojourn unaccounted for, contend Puerto Rico officials.

The island is saddled with about $72bn in pre-hurricane debt that is being overseen by a federally combined slip board.


Chequebook comes out, consolation ends

Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter

Imagine a harmful hurricane hits New York City, and the boss regularly records how bad things were there before the disaster. Or, 3 weeks after an trembler levels Los Angeles, he says the supervision won’t yield assist “forever”.

There would be outrage. It’s formidable to even suppose such responses.

That, however, is how Donald Trump is doing hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. For the president, the US domain – occupying a domestic no-man’s land between US statehood and autonomy – is different.

When the chequebook comes out, consolation ends and reality sets in. The administration and Congress are in the center of tough negotiations over supervision spending and taxation reform. Coming up with billions for Puerto Rico service is an unwelcome challenge.

So the boss has pronounced there is a extent to the help accessible for these taxpaying US citizens. Things were bad before – and they may stay that way.


Mr Trump’s tweets also annoyed a recoil from some Democratic lawmakers, who accused him of scheming to desert US citizens.

“There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the pursuit is done,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer replied on Twitter, using the acronym for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Puerto Rico-born congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, another New York Democrat, tweeted that Mr Trump’s comments were “outrageous, indefensible and irresponsible”, adding: “We will not concede the supervision to desert the associate citizens.”

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Interior roads are very damaged, as authorities prioritise improving coastal roads

She has created to the Department of Homeland Security to ask an review into the central death toll, which she says may be vastly under-reported, and could be as high as 450.

“The sovereign response is woefully adequate and now we are seeing countless reports that the death fee is different or not being reported accurately,” she wrote in a minute co-authored with Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.

“The whole republic deserves to know what is happening to the associate citizens.”

President Trump visited the US domain last week, where he told residents that liberation efforts had “thrown the bill a little out of whack”.

Media captionThe Quinones family show the BBC what’s left of their home

He also pronounced the islanders should be “very proud” the death fee was not as high as a “real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005.

The US boss was pilloried by internal officials after he threw rolls of paper towels at residents during his trip.

The San Juan mayor described that occurrence as “abominable”.

But Mr Trump after decorated the outrage as confected, insisting to the Trinity Broadcasting Network that the throng “were having fun” as he distributed “these beautiful, soothing towels”.

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