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”.
@POTUS your comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a “Hater in Chief”.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 12, 2017
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.