FEMA actually can stay in Puerto Rico indefinitely

FEMA actually can stay in Puerto Rico indefinitely

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!"

Declaring the USA territory's electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a "disaster before hurricanes", Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that relief workers will not stay "forever".

Two major hurricanes - Irma and Maria - hit Puerto Rico in September, leaving over 90 percent of the island's citizens without power and half without running water.

Ch-ch-check out the strongest reactions (below)! He blamed Puerto Rico for its looming financial crisis and "a total lack of accountability".

Vox reported that conflicting numbers from the US government and the Puerto Rican government have made it hard to estimate exactly how many people died - a figure that could go well into the hundreds.

Ryan said he didn't know about Trump's tweets.

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Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the island's capital San Juan who has publicly feuded with Trump in recent weeks, pushed back hard at the president's apparent threat to withdraw federal aid, charging that he was incapable of "fulfilling the moral imperative to help" Puerto Ricans. He says Puerto Rico shouldn't expect federal help "forever". Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. The pragmatic solution is to grant Puerto Rico statehood and funnel investment into the island so that its people can benefit from the contributions that they have made to the US for over a century. In fact, FEMA has already spent $2 million in Puerto Rico relief this year - connected to Hurricane Irene in 2011. By suggesting he might abdicate this responsibility for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, Mr. Trump has called into question his ability to lead.

Jennifer Hing, a spokeswoman for House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), said that those who live on the island "are American citizens and they deserve the federal assistance they need to recover and rebuild".

The legislative aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request.

A steady series of disasters could put 2017 on track to rival Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms as the most costly set of disasters ever.

The bill combines $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency with $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. It has killed at least 45 people, and about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity. "It's not easy when you are continue to suffer - see the suffering of the people without food, without water, and actually living in a humanitarian crisis".