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Trump Threatens To Pull FEMA Out Of Puerto Rico As 90% Remain Without Power In The U.S. Territory

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Trump Threatens To Pull FEMA Out Of Puerto Rico As 90% Remain Without Power In The U.S. Territory




President Trump on Thursday morning issued a warning to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico that FEMA and other federal first responders can’t remain in the US territory “forever,” as the vast majority of residents remain without food, clean water, or electricity service.

“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.

As of Tuesday, only 10 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents had electricity.




Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., posted a question to the president: “Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?” Schumer tweeted.

“FEMA needs to stay until the job is done and right now, it’s not even close to done. There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the job is done,” he added.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., posted, “We don’t abandon Americans in their time of need.”

“PR & USVI need MORE help, not less, from the federal govt,” Pelosi wrote.

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., told NBC News: “Trump continues to treat Americans in Puerto Rico as Second Class citizens. He wouldn’t be saying this about federal recovery efforts in Texas or Mississippi.”

“It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government’s help,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. “He has a responsibility to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and on the U.S. Virgin Islands to ensure that every federal resource is made available to assist in recovery and rebuilding for as long as it takes.”

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