Trump says Puerto Rico can't get aid 'forever'

12 October 2017 | 15:25

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 12 October 2017 | 15:25

A destroyed house is seen in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on October 4, 2017. US President Donald Trump has asked Congress for a added $29 billion package of emergency relief. (AFP Photo/ Hector Retamal)

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump criticized hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and says the government can't keep federal aid there "forever." 

Trump criticized the U.S. territory in a series of tweets Thursday. He says there is a "total lack of accountability" and "electric and all infrastructure was a disaster before hurricanes."

The president added: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

The House is on track to back Trump's request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stays afloat.

Hurricane Maria struck Sept. 20. It has killed at least 45 people, and about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity.

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