President Donald Trump tweeted about Puerto Rico this morning, claiming the islanders need to do more and stating federal aid cannot continue ‘forever’.
In a series of tweets, the US President blamed Puerto Rico’s "total lack of accountability", continuing to state that "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes".
The President also claimed it was up to "Congress to decide how much to spend," as the lawmaking body is preparing to approve a 37 billion dollar aid package to help Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and the US Virgin Islands (whilst also thinking of the Californian regions threatened by wildfire).
But he added: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"
Though we are sure the Democrats will spend a great deal of the day criticizing the President for his ‘harsh words’ (as Senate Leader Chuck Schumer already did, replying to the President wit: "There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the job is done,"), the Republican party mostly seems to be on his side on this one.
Just yesterday, Republican Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said that there is only "so much" the US can do to help Puerto Rico and that at a certain point it is up to themselves: "I would then again say, 'What is enough?' What is the right amount to satisfy whoever says we're not doing enough. It's regrettable and it's sad for those people but there only is physically, humanly possible so much that any nation could do in the wake of devastation. I lived through it myself, a victim of floods on numerous occasions, had to clean it up, and I will tell you, nobody came to help us, we handled it ourselves."
Later this week, both Department of Homeland Security Ms Elaine Duke and House Speaker Paul Ryan will visit Puerto Rico to see how the island is progressing.