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Puerto Rico fights to recover weeks after hurricane

13 Octobre 2017

A total lack of.accountability say the Governor.

Thursday morning, Trump tweeted, "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been fantastic (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

Hours after that message was posted, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said via Twitter, "The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation". When NPR's Tom Gjelten asked about Trump's latest tweets, a spokesman said the governor has spoken with the White House asking for "clarification". According to Puerto Rican officials, 64 percent of people have access to water.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city, said the president's tweets were meant to "mask your administration's mishandling of this humanitarian crisis".

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".

She added, "your comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a "Hater in Chief".

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday he said will bring "great, great health care" to millions of people, said Puerto Rico can't be helped "forever", and urged the Senate to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as his secretary of homeland security. The social media company's video from the island, however, took flak from tech critics as being insensitive to Puerto Rico.

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Maria destroyed significant portions of Puerto Rico where more than 80% of residents remain without power

Hurricane Maria struck September 20.

60 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working on generator power.

The content and timing of the comments, as the island struggles with the storm's aftermath, prompted swift backlash from some Democratic lawmakers, who said such a move would amount to abandoning USA citizens. It has killed at least 45 people, and about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity. The recovery effort comes after the government-owned electricity utility PREPA filed for bankruptcy in July - and after Puerto Rico itself filed for bankruptcy, facing more than $120 billion in debt, as NPR's Samantha Raphelson has reported.

Days later, during an October 3 visit to the island, Trump said USA relief efforts in Puerto Rico, bankrupt before the storm, had "thrown our budget a little out of whack" and was filmed casually tossing rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a disaster relief center. He added, "We've saved a lot of lives". But the source conceded the optics of the president's handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico have been "terrible".

Some of those mayors have called for all supplies to go through them, so they can distribute the aid.

He followed it up suggesting FEMA and other aid groups can't remain in the country forever and stating Congress would determine how much money to spend. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the president's reference to her on Twitter.

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Puerto Rico fights to recover weeks after hurricane