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by ADAM EDELMAN

President Donald Trump slammed Puerto Rico on Thursday, saying its power grid and infrastructure were a “disaster” before two hurricanes hit last month and he threatened to pull federal emergency management workers from the storm-ravaged island.

His comments drew furious responses from Democrats who charged he is treating Americans there like “second-class citizens.”

Trump tweeted, “‘Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.’ says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of……..accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.”

(It wasn’t clear why Trump referred to Attkisson, a conservative journalist who has repeatedly defended him.)

“Congress to decide how much to spend…….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 another Tweet.

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Trump’s latest attacks on Puerto Rico immediately touched off harsh criticism from Democrats.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York tweeted a question to the president: “Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?”

“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 of California posted, “We don’t abandon Americans in their time of need.”

“PR & USVI need MORE help, not less, from the federal govt,” Pelosi wrote, referring to the U.S. Virgin Islands. At a press conference later in the morning, Pelosi called Trump’s tweets “heartbreaking.”

Rep. Darren Soto of Florida 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.”

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said: “It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government’s help. 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.”

Reaction from Puerto Rico was swift, too.

In a lengthy statement, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who Trump attacked after she made headlines criticizing his response to the disaster, asked “every American that has love, and not hate in their hearts, to stand with Puerto Rico and let this President know we WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE.”

In addition, the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, tweeted that “U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.”

Trump’s tweets come just weeks after Puerto Rico was slammed by Hurricane Maria. FEMA said that as of Tuesday, 21 days since Maria made landfall, 84 percent of people on the island remained without electricity and only 63 percent had potable water. Many others have been without housing and basic necessities.

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Maria Gonzalez, who has remained stranded in a remote area of western Puerto Rico, broke down in tears this week as she told NBC News that she had cancer and was in grave need of a generator.

She offered a desperate plea to FEMA: “Come on! Do what you’re supposed to do.”

FEMA says that 19,000 civilian and military service personnel are working in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency is hosting job fairs in Ponce to hire 1,200 people for the relief effort.

Later Thursday, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, is planning a return visit to the Puerto Rico amid the announcement Wednesday that FEMA is expanding its leadership team there.

Nevertheless, criticism has steadily mounted over the Trump administration’s response to what is being called an unfolding humanitarian crisis, with some likening the situation to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rosselló raised the death toll from the storm to 43.

But Trump himself has repeatedly lashed out at Puerto Rican officials, including Cruz, who has pleaded for more federal assistance.

On Sept. 30, Trump tweeted that Cruz had “poor leadership ability” and said Puerto Rican officials “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

Days later, during an Oct. 3 visit to the island, Trump said U.S. relief efforts in Puerto Rico, bankrupt before the storm, had “thrown our budget a little out of whack” and the president was filmed casually tossing rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a disaster relief center. Cruz has criticized Trump for the incident, calling it “terrible and abominable.”

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Vice President Mike Pence, however, said during his own visit to the island last week that the White House would stick with Puerto Ricans for as long as the recovery would take.

“We are with you today, we will be with you tomorrow, we will be with you every day until Puerto Rico rebuilds and recovers bigger and better than ever before,” Pence said last Friday.

 

This episode is brought to you by T-Mobile. Now, you can get Netflix included with your family plan. Just another reason why T-Mobile is America’s Best Unlimited Network. http://bit.ly/2y1BMfc More Celebrity News ►► http://bit.ly/SubClevverNews Riri is on fire and using her fame to help hurricane victims. This situation is personal for Rihanna, who’s Bajan and feels deeply connected to the people of the Caribbean. Like her, this story is particularly difficult for ME. My family is from the Caribbean. My own grandma’s nursing home has had no power. She had to be undressed down to her panties- in her 90s- while volunteers fanned her so she wouldn’t die of heat stroke. The situation is DIRE. That’s why celebs are slamming Trump for his inaction and disparaging comments about Puerto Ricans being the cause of their misfortune… This guy’s gonna give me an aneurism. Rihanna has jumped into the conversation and is firing shots! She tweeted out a photo of a New York Daily News cover that reads, “No food, no water, no power no medical care for the dying … Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!” With the photo she tweeted, “Dear @realDonaldTrump I know you’ve probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure! Don’t let your people die like this.” Many fans supported Riri’s call out. One wrote, “Rih really woke and knows how to use her voice for the better.” Another replied, “I think It would be better for the country if you run it. That guy is even a worse president than ours. And that’s a lot.” I don’t know where he’s from but I probably agree with him. And this isn’t the first time Rihanna has tried getting Trump’s attention. She has tagged him in several tweets about Puerto Rico over the past couple of days. On September 8 she wrote, “on my knees just praying for my Caribbean people this morning!! My heart goes out to you in a time like this!!! #HurricaneIrma.” She’s sent Trump links and news articles. Is he hearing any of it. Who knows. This week Trump said about PR QUOTE “This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean, this is tough stuff.” The response on Twitter was… amazing. Someone wrote, “There’s this thing we have called THE US NAVY @realDonaldTrump they handle that big blue wobbly thing called The Atlantic all the time.” Someone else wrote “He can’t get timely humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico because of the Atlantic Ocean? Does he understand we have ships in the United States?” My favorite was “Damn Obama left The Atlantic Ocean problem for Trump to deal with.” Look, I get it. Some of you hate Trump. Some of you love him. However our feelings may differ- we MUST unite for Puerto Rico and send them an avalanche of support. Do you agree? How do you think Trump is handling Puerto Rico and all the other natural disasters to affect our neighbors in the south? Let me know, tweet a girl. If you don’t follow me it’s @Miriamisa or on IG @Miriam_isa. I’m Miriam Isa and see you soon.

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