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13 October 2017, 12:54 | Terri Saunders
Puerto Rico's death toll from Hurricane Maria rises to 43, power outages remain
Trump tweeted: "We can not keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been fantastic (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"
The recovery has moved slowly since Maria struck the U.S. territory on September 20, leaving most of the island without basic services such as power and running water, according to residents, relief workers and local elected officials.
Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as the island was already struggling with a severe financial crisis, which forced the government to file for bankruptcy in May.
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Trump's warning prompted Rosello to tweet back: "The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation".
Top Democrats assailed Trump for his Thursday tweets sounding off on Puerto Rico.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of the capital city, San Juan, also tweeted a response, saying Trump "did not get it" and that he was "incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative" of helping the territory's people. "We will not allow the federal government to abandon Puerto Rico in its time of need". Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.
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"'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.' says Sharyl Attkisson", he wrote, citing the host of a public affairs show on Sinclair Broadcast Group television stations. The pragmatic solution is to grant Puerto Rico statehood and funnel investment into the island so that its people can benefit from the contributions that they have made to the US for over a century.
He says Puerto Rico already faced hard fiscal and economic problems before being devastated by Hurricane Maria.
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.
FEMA continues relief efforts for even smaller, lower-profile recovery efforts, dropping millions of dollars this year on floods in Iowa from 2008, Tennessee from 2010, North Dakota from 2011 and Colorado from 2013.
Up to $5 billion of the FEMA money could be used to help local governments remain functional as they endure unsustainable cash shortfalls in the aftermath of Maria, which has choked off revenues and strained resources.
Frelinghuysen is scheduled to be part of a delegation led by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that will visit Puerto Rico on Friday to see the hurricane's devastation firsthand.
"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 nonvoting member of Congress.
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