Puerto Rico fights to recover weeks after hurricane

Puerto Rico remains in crisis three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck as a Category Four stormMore

Puerto Rico remains in crisis three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck as a Category Four stormMore

Democrats said Trump's tweets were deplorable, given that the 3 million-plus U.S. citizens on Puerto Rico are confronting the kind of hardships that would draw howls of outrage if they affected a state.

Trump "is simply incapable of understanding the contributions, the sacrifices and the commitment to democratic values that Puerto Ricans have shown over decades", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said in a lengthy statement. "Mr. President, fulfill your moral imperative towards the people of Puerto Rico".

The president's tweets set off a flurry of chatter online, given that the USA territory is barely entering its third week with the majority of the population still without power and one-third without water.

However Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, who is a member of the House foreign affairs committee, told CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday there's only "so much" the USA can do to help Puerto Rico. During an event last week honoring the heritage of Hispanics, for example, the president said, "We will be there all the time to help Puerto Rico recover, restore, rebuild".

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"I ask the United Nations, UNICEF, and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from a lack of appropriate action from the president", Cruz said.

WASHINGTON-The House of Representatives on Thursday is expected to pass legislation that would provide $36.5 billion in disaster relief for victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires, as well as emergency credit to help Puerto Rico keep its government functioning.

Earlier this week, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló raised the death toll from the storm to 43.

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Officials in Puerto Rico have said it could take $5 billion to get the island's electrical infrastructure up and running again. He said there was no current plan to withdraw troops who are supporting FEMA's recovery efforts. The death toll from the storm has risen to 45, authorities have said, and at least 113 people remain unaccounted for, according to Karixia Ortiz, a spokeswoman for Puerto Rico's Department of Public Safety.

On healthcare and many other structural issues, the hurricane could be the turning point "for better, or for worse", Rubio said.

Congress is reportedly prepared to sign off on $6 billion in aid following hurricanes, including Maria in Puerto Rico.

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Democrats, however, pounced on Trump's tweets.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the discussions. But the federal relief effort has also hit problems such as reported hoarding by municipal employees, Tom said, citing it as one reason for the "militarization of the aid operation" in Puerto Rico.

"It's not easy when you're used to living in an American way of life, and then somebody tells 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.

Ryan, the House speaker, planned to visit Puerto Rico on Friday.

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