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

Volunteers load relief supplies into a U Haul to be flown to Puerto Rico and Mexico on Jay Z's Tidal plane at Champion Pizza in Manhattan on Oct. 6

Volunteers load relief supplies into a U Haul to be flown to Puerto Rico and Mexico on Jay Z's Tidal plane at Champion Pizza in Manhattan on Oct. 6

President Trump issued a warning Thursday to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, saying the USA territory's infrastructure was a mess before the storm and warning that federal officials can not stay on the island "forever".

The president's comments come just one week after he visited the USA territory that is struggling to recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost a century. In partnership with FEMA and the Republican governors of Texas and Florida, the president's response to the hurricanes that hit both those states was overall given two thumbs up.

But he added: "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been incredible (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

His tweets come at a time when only about 10 percent of the island's 3.4 million residents have electricity, Puerto Rico's government said Tuesday. One-third of people remained without water, including more than half in the island's north and west.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino said, "I am witnessing first-hand the devastation and destruction facing the people of Puerto Rico". This is essential to meet the IMMEDIATE and long-term recovery needs of 3.4 million USA citizens on the island. Trump tweeted this morning.

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

President Donald Trump has just threatened to pull FEMA out of Puerto Rico. "These are great people. 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". "We want them to be safe, and sound, and secure, and we will be there every day until that happens".

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