Trump warns Puerto Rico over aid

The Scotsman - - World News - By KEN THOMAS

US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump lashed out at hur­ri­cane-dev­as­tated Puerto Rico yes­ter­day, in­sist­ing in tweets that the fed­eral govern­ment could not keep send­ing help “for­ever” and sug­gest­ing the US ter­ri­tory was to blame for its fi­nan­cial strug­gles.

His broad­sides trig­gered an out­cry from Democrats in Wash­ing­ton and of­fi­cials on the is­land, which has been reel­ing since Hur­ri­cane Maria struck three weeks ago, leav­ing death and de­struc­tion.

San Juan mayor Car­men Yulin Cruz, with whom Mr Trump has had a run­ning war of words, tweeted that the pres­i­dent’s com­ments were “un­be­com­ing” to a com­man­der in chief and “seem more to come from a ’Hater in Chief ’”.

“Mr Pres­i­dent, you seem to want to dis­re­gard the moral im­per­a­tive that your ad­min­is­tra­tion has been un­able to ful­fil,” the mayor said in a state­ment.

The de­bate played out as the House headed to­ward pas­sage of a $36.5 bil­lion dis­as­ter aid pack­age, in­clud­ing as­sis­tance for Puerto Rico.

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