Trump Attacks Puerto Rico, Threatens To Pull Out Emergency Responders

On Sept. 30, Trump tweeted that Cruz had “poor leadership ability” and said Puerto Rican officials “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

 

Days later, during an Oct. 3 visit to the island, Trump said U.S. relief efforts in Puerto Rico, bankrupt before the storm, had “thrown our budget a little out of whack” and the president was filmed casually tossing rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a disaster relief center. Cruz has criticized Trump for the incident, calling it “terrible and abominable.”

 

Vice President Mike Pence, however, said during his own visit to the island last week that the White House would stick with Puerto Ricans for as long as the recovery would take.

 

“We are with you today, we will be with you tomorrow, we will be with you every day until Puerto Rico rebuilds and recovers bigger and better than ever before,” Pence said last Friday

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