Donald Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

US President Donald Trump warned on Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US military can’t provide aid to Puerto Rico “forever”, as the hurricane-battered island struggles to provide power, water and other basic services three weeks after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.

Trump’s tweets drew a sharp response from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who referred to the President on Twitter as a “hater-in-chief”.

Trump also tweeted that Congress must decide how much money the federal government will spend and noted that “electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes”.

More than 80 per cent of the island remains without power since the category 4 storm made landfall on September 20 with sustained winds approaching 250km/h.

Communications were compromised, and damage to ports, airports and roads further conspired to complicate aid efforts

“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump tweeted.

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