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Trump Administration Won’t Promise To Fix Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure

Posted by on Sep. 29, 2017 at 6:57 PM
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Trump Administration Won’t Promise To Fix Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — Despite the widespread damage to Puerto Rico's infrastructure inflicted by Hurricane Maria, the federal government is making no promises to fix it.

President Donald Trump cast doubt Friday on whether Washington would lend a hand to repair the island, and a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency told NBC News that administrators want to assess the damage before committing to fixing public infrastructure in the ravaged U.S. territory.

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Juana Matos resident, Amado Hernandez, walks through a flooded area carrying fruit and canned food one week after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Catano, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Carlos Giusti / AP

"The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!" Trump said in an early morning Tweet.

Later Friday, during a speech on tax policy, Trump said, "Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort…will be funded." Trump said the effort "will end up being one of the biggest ever” and noted that Puerto Rico already had “a tremendous amount of debt."

The presidential disaster declaration for Texas after Hurricane Harvey included a promise of federal funds to cover up to 75 percent of the costs to repair "damaged public facilities" including roads, bridges and schools.

No such clause currently exists in the disaster declaration for Puerto Rico.

FEMA spokesman William Booher said "what is available to Puerto Rico currently is individual assistance" as well as funding for clearing debris and other emergency relief efforts.

Booher said declarations can be amended to include funding that is not initially included "as the impacts of the disaster become clear" through a damage assessment. That assessment has not yet taken place in Puerto Rico, Booher said.

The Texas declaration, however, included funding for public infrastructure repairs on Aug. 30, during the immediate aftermath of the storm. Maria hit Puerto Rico more than a week ago, leaving the island without power and many people without drinking water. 

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:34 PM
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He's a disgusting excuse for a human being. 

YoYiggy
by Bronze Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:47 PM
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It is absolutely disgusting and heart breaking what is happening in Puerto Rico right now.
The crisis that is happening is very complex. It's impacting people I care about deeply.
It is disheartening to see how the U.S. government and his administration is turning their back on Puerto Rico. They are treating them like the ugly brown step children.
KittyMom1026
by Scorpio on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:52 PM

I so totally agree.

Quoting NWP:

He's a disgusting excuse for a human being. 


tiafez
by Silver Member on Sep. 30, 2017 at 8:48 AM
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in my mind I think "my country and it's leader would never treat Americans that way. " but in reality it's exactlly what it seems like.


I do not like Trump's 'great' America. It isn't great and it really seems to discount anyone not in the richest levels. This is not the America I knew, nor is it the one I want my granddaughter to know. 

political parties aside, as an American (not a Republican, Democrat, Independant) is America getting 'greater' ? be honest. 

Quoting YoYiggy: It is absolutely disgusting and heart breaking what is happening in Puerto Rico right now. The crisis that is happening is very complex. It's impacting people I care about deeply. It is disheartening to see how the U.S. government and his administration is turning their back on Puerto Rico. They are treating them like the ugly brown step children.


Verified BM/SM/BOB .... wwnsdd?

Ms.KitKat
by on Sep. 30, 2017 at 9:01 AM
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Exactly . Last night on Washington week it was discussed how PR could very well be trumps Katrina .

trump is treating PR like it's one of his failed casinos - just bankrupt it and sell it off in pierces .


Quoting YoYiggy: It is absolutely disgusting and heart breaking what is happening in Puerto Rico right now.
The crisis that is happening is very complex. It's impacting people I care about deeply.
It is disheartening to see how the U.S. government and his administration is turning their back on Puerto Rico. They are treating them like the ugly brown step children.
Ms.KitKat
by on Sep. 30, 2017 at 9:03 AM
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In all honesty it feels as if our country is being pulled apart at its seams

Quoting tiafez:

in my mind I think "my country and it's leader would never treat Americans that way. " but in reality it's exactlly what it seems like.

I do not like Trump's 'great' America. It isn't great and it really seems to discount anyone not in the richest levels. This is not the America I knew, nor is it the one I want my granddaughter to know. 

political parties aside, as an American (not a Republican, Democrat, Independant) is America getting 'greater' ? be honest. 

Quoting YoYiggy: It is absolutely disgusting and heart breaking what is happening in Puerto Rico right now.
The crisis that is happening is very complex. It's impacting people I care about deeply.
It is disheartening to see how the U.S. government and his administration is turning their back on Puerto Rico. They are treating them like the ugly brown step children.

Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Sep. 30, 2017 at 9:03 AM
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How we handle Puerto Rico reflects on every single one of us. There is a shit ton of history here of blowing it with this US territory.
YoYiggy
by Bronze Member on Sep. 30, 2017 at 9:06 AM
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Not in the very least.

Quoting tiafez:

in my mind I think "my country and it's leader would never treat Americans that way. " but in reality it's exactlly what it seems like.

I do not like Trump's 'great' America. It isn't great and it really seems to discount anyone not in the richest levels. This is not the America I knew, nor is it the one I want my granddaughter to know. 

political parties aside, as an American (not a Republican, Democrat, Independant) is America getting 'greater' ? be honest. 

Quoting YoYiggy: It is absolutely disgusting and heart breaking what is happening in Puerto Rico right now.
The crisis that is happening is very complex. It's impacting people I care about deeply.
It is disheartening to see how the U.S. government and his administration is turning their back on Puerto Rico. They are treating them like the ugly brown step children.

YoYiggy
by Bronze Member on Sep. 30, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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He tweeted this morning that Puerto Ricans want everything done for them. He had harsh words for the mayor of San Juan who is actually there seeing the devastation and the 'life or death' situation her people are in.
I'm still processing my anger at reading that.


I've seen his previous tweets and the read between the lines of what he's saying is that because they are in so much debt, they don't deserve help.


Quoting Ms.KitKat: Exactly . Last night on Washington week it was discussed how PR could very well be trumps Katrina .



trump is treating PR like it's one of his failed casinos - just bankrupt it and sell it off in pierces .

Quoting YoYiggy: It is absolutely disgusting and heart breaking what is happening in Puerto Rico right now.

The crisis that is happening is very complex. It's impacting people I care about deeply.

It is disheartening to see how the U.S. government and his administration is turning their back on Puerto Rico. They are treating them like the ugly brown step children.
survivorinohio
by René on Sep. 30, 2017 at 9:17 AM
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I have tremendous American shame right now.
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