The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) vowed Thursday to continue its hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico after President Trump suggested the agency may be pulled from the hurricane-ravaged island.
FEMA “will be w/Puerto Rico, [U.S. Virgin Islands], every state, territory impacted by a disaster every day, supporting throughout their response & recovery,” the agency’s deputy director of public affairs Eileen Lainez wrote on Twitter.
.@FEMA will be w/Puerto Rico, USVI, every state, territory impacted by a disaster every day, supporting throughout their response & recovery
— Eileen Lainez (@FEMAspox) October 12, 2017
Trump on Thursday suggested that he may pull the agency from Puerto Rico even as 90% of the island remained without electricity: “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.
“Although it will take time for communities to recover, residents are seeing some services being restored in their communities,” FEMA said in a news release on Thursday.
“FEMA, in coordination and partnership with 36 federal departments and agencies, remains focused on helping the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with life-sustaining commodities and other essential services. As more businesses open and public services are restored, quality of life will continue to improve for many residents,” it added.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a tweet Thursday that the island’s citizens are “requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.”