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Drive to aid Puerto Rico Recovery

Drive to aid Puerto Rico Recovery

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that the federal government might soon be ending its recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as the island tries to recover from Hurricane Maria. The House is set to vote Thursday on an aid package that includes roughly $5 billion for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands-structured, reportedly at Trump's request, as a loan.

"We can not keep FEMA, the Military (sic), & the First Responders, who have been fantastic (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

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

Trump has come under fire for a patronising and callous attitude to the island, and got into a high-profile spat with the capital's mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz.




"We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe", Trump continued. The vast majority of the island remains without power and a good portion without clean drinking water. The main issue with that hurricane was that the levies broke, sending flood waters into the city, drowning hundreds or even thousands of people while destroying virtually everything in its path. This is essential to meet the IMMEDIATE and long-term recovery needs of 3.4 million USA citizens on the island. Trump tweeted a little after 7 a.m.

We call for an expansive "Marshall Plan" like approach for Puerto Rico's recovery and reconstruction. "These are great people".

Replying to Trump's tweet, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the following question: "Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?"

"Our goal is to make sure that the Hispanic community understand that we value Latino cultures and origins and we want to celebrate that", Carol Flores from the STCC Hispanic Association told 22News.


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