Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

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He then went on to propose that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the military and first responders - who he said "have been wonderful (under the most hard circumstances)" - can not stay in the USA territory "forever!"

Declaring the US territory's electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a "disaster before hurricanes", Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that relief workers will not stay "forever".

The death toll in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria has reached 43, an official said on Tuesday, up from 39 previously reported, as islanders continue to fall victim to infections, bad road conditions and other consequences of the storm.

Ch-ch-check out the strongest reactions (below)! He tweeted, "Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes".

Rosselló warned congressional leaders over the weekend that the US territory is "on the brink of a massive liquidity crisis that will intensify in the immediate future".

In remarks at the White House, Trump said he was taking a step toward "saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare".

Others, including House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Puerto Rican mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, also pleaded with Trump to not abandon the island, home to 3.4 million US citizens. "Mr. President, fulfill your moral imperative towards the people of Puerto Rico".

Significant relief efforts remain underway in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, totaling over $1.4 billion this year in disaster recovery money, plus another $1.2 billion this year after Hurricane Matthew last year.

Forty-five deaths in Puerto Rico have been blamed on Maria, about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity and the government says it hopes to have electricity restored completely by March.

"He wrote in two separate tweets, "'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.' says Sharyl Attkisson. The financial situation is more complicated than Trump's tweets suggest. 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. Yet lenders continued to extend credit to Puerto Rico despite its economic struggles, while pension costs strained Puerto Rico's government and its infrastructure deteriorated.

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.

"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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