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Democrats, Puerto Ricans decry Trump's threatened pullback of federal help for the battered island

President Trump drew a sharp and dismayed backlash Thursday from Democratic lawmakers, activists and many Puerto Ricans with his threat to limit federal and military help in the hurricane-battered U.S. territory, where aid workers are warning of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island are pouring into the U.S. mainland. She was covered in insects and unable to walk: Doctors in Puerto Rico only now discovering the problems in remote towns. Puerto Rico's debt-plagued power grid was on life support long before hurricanes wiped it out. 4:40 p.m.: This article was updated with a quote from an aid recipient in Las Marias, Puerto Rico, and other details.

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Washington Post -
Trump threat to abandon Puerto Rico recovery sparks a backlash

President Trump served notice Thursday that he may eventually withdraw federal relief workers from Puerto Rico and blamed the island for its failing infrastructure, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of twin hurricanes.

Under withering criticism from Puerto Ricans for his administration’s flawed response to the devastation there, Trump sought to hold the territory responsible for its own plight because of chronic mismanagement — prompting an immediate backlash from Puerto Ricans and mainland lawmakers in both parties.


LA Times -
Islanders, lawmakers decry Trump's threatened pullback of federal help for battered Puerto Rico

President Trump drew a sharp and dismayed backlash Thursday from Democratic lawmakers, activists and many Puerto Ricans with his threat to limit federal and military help in the hurricane-battered U.S. territory, where aid workers are warning of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

In a series of tweets early Thursday, Trump implied that Puerto Rico was to blame for its problems, and suggested he would not endorse the type of years-long, multibillion-dollar federal recovery effort that typically follows a storm of such magnitude, or another large-scale disaster, striking a U.S. locale.



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