Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Trump criticises Puerto Rico, saying hurricane aid can not go on 'forever'

Puerto Rico needs a Marshall Plan Getty Images
Melinda Barton | 12 October, 2017, 16:24

"Congress to decide how much to spend.We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been awesome (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

We call for an expansive "Marshall Plan" like approach for Puerto Rico's recovery and reconstruction.

"Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes", Trump said in a subsequent tweet, also citing a lack of accountability on the island.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort", the Washington Post reported, "will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island". It has killed at least 45 people, and about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity.

The island is struggling on many fronts since Hurricane Maria struck on September 20, killing at least 45 people. "These are great people".

President Trump complained on Twitter Thursday morning about Puerto Rico's humanitarian and financial crises after Hurricane Maria, warning that he "cannot keep" federal relief workers there "forever". "It is imperative that we continue to do all we can to make sure that vital food, supplies and services get to all of Puerto Rico, including those communities away from the coast that are in dire need". "And we will be there every day until that happens". Donald Trump is trying to downplay the damage done by the hurricanes. The Fund will invest in disaster relief, sustainable rebuilding, and capacity building for MA nonprofits that will serve the substantial migration of Puerto Ricans to Boston and throughout the Commonwealth that is expected in the months ahead. He has repeatedly said that seeing the devastation in person was worse than the images being shown on television.