Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery as crisis deepens

President Donald Trump threatened to take away FEMA aid from Puerto Rico Thursday morning as the U.S. territory continues to recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

Despite the fact that water shortages have forced some residents to start drinking from hazardous waste sites, Trump tweeted that FEMA aid can’t stay “forever” and again brought up the island’s debt and infrastructure issues — essentially blaming the people for the damage. Only 10 percent of the island’s population has regained electricity, but Trump appears eager to be done helping American citizens in need.

“‘Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.’ says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of accountability say the Governor,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

The Trump administration has been criticized for its slow and ineffective response to the severe hurricane damage suffered by Puerto Rico, especially since Trump hesitated to authorize relief efforts there while immediately giving the go-ahead in Florida and Texas.

Beyond that, FEMA personnel under Trump said it wasn’t their job to bring food and water to starving Puerto Ricans (which raises the question, what is their job?), and the non-profit relief organization Oxfam said the administration’s response was so “slow and inadequate” that it was stepping in to provide aid.

And Trump’s comments about the island’s debt reiterate his position that the population there is somehow responsible for inconveniencing his administration’s budget. During his visit to the island, Trump told officials, “You’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.” Trump also started a feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz when she called out the administration for its response and said that people were dying.