Trump: We Cannot Help Puerto Rico 'Forever!'

Children play at the Jose de Diego Elementary School where people are filing FEMA forms for federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Las Piedras Puerto Rico on Oct. 2. Much of the countryside is still struggling to find fresh water and food

Trump: We Cannot Help Puerto Rico 'Forever!'

Puerto Rico has about 24 industrial waste sites contaminated by industries including pesticides and battery recycling.

The House is on track to backing President Donald Trump's request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat.

The Burlington County Board of Freeholders is teaming with the New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development to host a supply drive for Hurricane Maria victims. The EPA advised people to boil water from rivers and streams for one minute, or disinfect it with bleach.

The mayor tweeted that Trump is "incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you!"

"I am here to fight for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey", Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said in an impassioned speech on the House floor.

Trump brought up the country's debt crisis in a tweet Thursday morning.

"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".

In a series of tweets, the president added, "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes". "A total lack of accountability say the Governor".

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

Toxic waste is not the only drinking water worry in Puerto Rico.

Rubio, who visited Puerto Rico on Sept. 25 to survey hurricane damage, said he was confident the island would get the help it needs in the short term through emergency legislation.

The editorial said if that were the case, there would be constant media coverage and the president "certainly wouldn't be threatening to abandon federal relief efforts".

While MLB has been doing what it could to lend a hand to Puerto Rico, Trump hasn't appeared to be all that eager to help. Yet lenders continued to extend credit to Puerto Rico despite its economic struggles, while pension costs strained Puerto Rico's government and its infrastructure deteriorated.

Thursday's hurricane aid package totals $36.5 billion and follows a $15.3 billion measure that passed last month.

The drive started Thursday and will end Oct. 27. Katrina required about $110 billion in emergency appropriations. In addition to the federal effort, 22 states have responded to calls for aid in Puerto Rico.

About 19,000 civilian and military service personnel are working in recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA has said, according to NPR and NBC News.

The words were taken by some as a hint at abandoning Puerto Rico.

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