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Trump Says Puerto Rico Was A “Disaster” Before Hurricane And Emergency Resources Can’t Last “Forever”

Donald Trump hinted Thursday morning that his government’s all-in response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could have limits, and Americans there will ultimately have to start digging themselves out of trouble.

‘We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!’ the president wrote on Twitter.

Puerto Rico’s government reports that only about 16 per cent of the island’s 3.4 million people have seen their electricity restored since the Category 5 storm barreled through the Caribbean.

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More than one-third still have not seen running water restored.

Trump tweeted that the U.S. territory’s pre-storm financial crisis sprang from ‘a total lack of accountability,’ attributing that sentiment to Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

‘Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes,’ he added. ‘Congress to decide how much to spend.’

He also quoted investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson from a recent TV report, saying: ‘Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.’

Trump’s pronouncement limiting his administration’s commitment to Puerto Rico stands in stark contrast to words Vice President Mike Pence said last week when he visited the devastated island.

‘I say to all of you gathered here today to the people of Puerto Rico: We are with you, we stand with you, and we will be with you every single day until Puerto Rico is restored bigger and better than ever before,’ he said then.

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