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Trump Warns Puerto Rico Weeks After Storms: Federal Help Cannot Stay 'Forever'

Trump Warns Puerto Rico Weeks After Storms: Federal Help Cannot Stay 'Forever'

President Donald Trump continued his relentless criticism of Puerto Rico Thursday morning, suggesting the U.S. couldn't aid in recovery and relief efforts in the U.S. territory "forever!"

Forty-five deaths in Puerto Rico have been blamed on Maria, about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity and the government says it hopes to have electricity restored completely by March. The EPA advised people to boil water from rivers and streams for one minute, or disinfect it with bleach. In fact, FEMA is still spending money on relief efforts in the wake of a few major storms that are a decade (or even more) old.

Ryan, the House speaker, planned to visit Puerto Rico tomorrow.

Trump came under fire on Thursday for a series of tweets about the island's economic problems.

"The state of affairs would simply be seen as unacceptable, which it is", the editorial said.

Gabriel Matos, who came to Bridgeport with his wife and four children on Sunday, says the hurricane left them no choice.

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"It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government's help", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat.

"The emergency relief is one thing", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucu, who voted no along with 68 other Republicans.

"It's not easy when you're used to live in an American way of life, and then somebody tell you that you're going to be without power for six or eight months", said Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, who represents Puerto Rico as a non-voting member of Congress. "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". So some are turning to wells at Superfund sites on the island-areas designated the most toxic in US territory. Some also noted that as the island was reeling from Hurricane Maria, the president was instead tweeting about NFL players' behavior during the national anthem. The death toll in Florida after Hurricane Irma, which made landfall on Sept. 10, also reached 75, the Miami Herald reported, not counting the more than 38 people who died in the Caribbean.

The tweets conflicted with Trump's past statements on Puerto Rico.

Thursday's hurricane aid package totals $36.5 billion and follows a $15.3 billion measure that passed last month. "[For] the rebuilding and what we do beyond that ... offsets become much more critical".

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees disaster response in the United States.