President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to warn that this administration’s response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico cannot last “forever”, according to The Hill.
“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump said in a series of tweets.
In addition, Trump said Congress will have to decide how much money the federal government will spend. He also added that “electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.”
His tweets come at a time when more than 80% of the island is still without power. Puerto Rico’s government said on Tuesday that only about 10 percent of the island’s residents have electricity. The Hurricane Maria – a Category 4 storm hit the island three weeks ago.
The storm has devastated the island with more than 3 million people. And damage to ports, airports and roads caused slow aid efforts. The storm kept FEMA on full alert even weeks before Maria blasted Puerto Rico, after the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Also, the city Guaynabo that The President and first lady Melania Trump visited is still without power.
The recovery in Puerto Rico has moved slowly as Hurricane Maria struck the US territory on September 20. The consequences are catastrophic as most of the island was left without basic services such as power and running water, according to residents, relief workers and local elected officials.
“Flashlights, you don’t need them anymore. You don’t need them anymore,” the president said as he was passing them out to the residents.
He was also tossing paper towels into the crowd gathered around him during the visit. The Trump administration faced criticism not only for this inappropriate behavior from the President, but also for its initial response as Puerto Rican lawmakers begged him for help to deal with the scarcity of basic necessities like food and clean water.