Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Out Emergency Responders

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York tweeted a question to the president: “Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?”

“FEMA needs to stay until the job is done and right now, it’s not even close to done. There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the job is done,” he added.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California posted, “We don’t abandon Americans in their time of need.”

“PR & USVI need MORE help, not less, from the federal govt,” Pelosi wrote, referring to the U.S. Virgin Islands. At a press conference later in the morning, Pelosi called Trump’s tweets “heartbreaking.”

Rep. Darren Soto of Florida told NBC News: “Trump continues to treat Americans in Puerto Rico as second-class citizens. He wouldn’t be saying this about federal recovery efforts in Texas or Mississippi.”


House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said: “It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government’s help. He has a responsibility to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and on the U.S. Virgin Islands to ensure that every federal resource is made available to assist in recovery and rebuilding for as long as it takes.”

Reaction from Puerto Rico was swift, too.

In a lengthy statement, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who Trump attacked after she made headlines criticizing his response to the disaster, asked “every American that has love, and not hate in their hearts, to stand with Puerto Rico and let this President know we WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE.”


In addition, the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, tweeted that “U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.”