President Donald Trump's latest tweets regarding recovery efforts in Puerto Rico were a direct response to remarks made by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz criticizing Trump's response to Hurricane Maria, a GOP source familiar with internal discussions said.
"We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been fantastic (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"
After seeing the destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, Chestnut Academy Middle School intern Kayla Lingel wanted to plan a fundraiser to support those in need on the island. One-third of the island lacks clean running water and just 8 percent of its roads are passable, according to government statistics.
And Alejandro García Padilla, the former governor of Puerto Rico, said it is important be plain about what this is: "racist".
Trump's warning prompted Rosello to tweet back: "The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation". Puerto Rico and its agencies owe more than $70 billion to creditors.
Democrats said Trump's tweets were deplorable, given that the 3 million-plus USA citizens on Puerto Rico are confronting the kind of hardships that would draw howls of outrage if they affected a state. "We continue to do so with the full force of the US government and its resources in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and other affected areas", she said. The financial situation is more complicated than Trump's tweets suggest.
"Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?" "The federal government should stay in Puerto Rico as long as necessary", Sen.
Addressing the president directly in a statement issued in response to the tweets, Cruz declared, "Mr. President, you seem to want to disregard the moral imperative that your administration has been unable to fulfill".
"The law establishes that the aid we are getting from FEMA has to be established for the duration of emergency efforts", he said.
"I would then again say, 'What is enough?' What is the right amount to satisfy whoever says we're not doing enough", he said on "New Day".
House Speaker Paul Ryan will lead a bipartisan delegation visiting Puerto Rico on Friday, according to the speaker's office. So some are turning to wells at Superfund sites on the island-areas designated the most toxic in United States territory.
The House of Representatives approved a $36.5 billion disaster aid package Thursday to help victims struggling to recover from a string of devastating hurricanes and wildfires.