Donald Trump Hints at Relief Cut Backs for Puerto Rico

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When he visited Puerto Rico last week, Trump said, "Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack, because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine".

"Congress to decide how much to spend.We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been unbelievable (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!" he added.

"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushed back shortly after Trump tweeted, asking the President why he "continue (s) to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans" and saying FEMA needs to stay in the USA territory "until the job is done".

The tweets Thursday morning are just the latest attacks the President has launched on the US territory, which was devastated by two hurricanes last month. As of Thursday morning, about 64 percent of residents had water service restored, according to a recovery website managed by Puerto Rico's government. Puerto Rico has about 24 industrial waste sites contaminated by industries including pesticides and battery recycling.

Ryan said he didn't know about Trump's tweets.

Trump, however, has defended his handling of the situation, suggesting late last month that the USA territory's leadership and others on the island were relying too heavily on federal assistance and should do more to help themselves.

The legislative aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request.

A steady series of disasters could put 2017 on track to rival Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms as the most costly set of disasters ever.

The bill combines $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency with $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. He has promised that the island will get what it needs.

The GOP-run Congress had protracted debates a year ago on modest requests by former President Barack Obama to combat the Zika virus and help Flint, Michigan, fix its lead-tainted water system.

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