Trump Says Time is Running Out: ‘FEMA Can’t Stay in Puerto Rico Forever’

On Thursday, the president tweeted about FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) in Puerto Rico, stating that time was quickly running out and that they cannot stay in P.R. forever!

The U.S. territory was completely destroyed by hurricanes in September. Trump did not waste any time getting relief to the island, and even waived the Jones Act to bolster relief efforts. However, that waiver is now expired and FEMA’s time in Puerto Rico is coming to an end.

Trump tweeted out, “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.” says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.”

He continued, “Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

ABC News reports:

A news release from the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said there are “reports of residents obtaining or trying to obtain drinking water from wells at hazardous waste Superfund sites in Puerto Rico.” The EPA also warned that raw sewage is seeping into Puerto Rico’s waterways and will continue to do so until power is restored and repairs are made.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson downplayed the sentiment in Trump’s tweets before the House Financial Services Committee Thursday.

“We’re not going to abandon them,” said Carson, who added that “it’s not beneficial to go around shaming people in general,” when pressed by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. about the president’s comments.

The House of Representatives will vote Thursday on legislation that would include $18.7 billion for FEMA’s disaster relief fund and $16 billion for debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program.

The bill also includes a provision for the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program, which allows low-income residents in Puerto Rico to receive the same emergency nutrition aid that hurricane-affected states can receive.

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