Trump: Can’t stay forever
President Trump on Thursday aimed his wrath at hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, suggesting that federal relief workers can’t stay there “forever” — and blaming the US territory for its financial plight.
“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump tweeted.
“Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes,” he wrote, adding that Congress will have to decide how much in federal funds to allocate to the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Trump also quoted Sharyl Attkisson, a TV journalist who works for conservative Sinclair Broadcasting, as saying: “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insisted later that Trump’s tweet was “exactly accurate” because first responders “are not going to be there forever.”
But he also pledged, “Our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done.”
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has been sharply critical of Trump in the hurricane’s aftermath, responded by calling the president “Hater in Chief” on Twitter.