Dem lawmaker: Trump should help Puerto Rico instead of dividing country

26 September, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria

Trump response: He tweeted about about the National Basketball Association and NFL, but President Donald Trump said little about the USA territory of Puerto Rico over the weekend.

"We know how much destruction has been done, and how hard it is going to be to rebuild Puerto Rico", Cuomo said.

Last week, Maria made landfall with winds of 155 miles per hour, knocking out power to almost all of the 3.5 million residents of the US territory.

With the help of U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, a plane of supplies also is on its way to Puerto Rico.

The Wisconsin Republican's statement came as authorities struggle to provide adequate relief to the more than 3 million US citizens on the island territory, which is without power and has seen awful devastation.

Worcester Loves Puerto Rico has set up a Facebook page to help raise awareness for its fundraiser.

Thousands of USA troops remain committed to operations in Texas and Florida in response to Harvey and Irma, but the relief efforts have not stretched the Pentagon too thin, Manning said Monday.

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A number of other celebrities are also joining in the recovery effort.

Monday's legislation appeared likely to fail under fast-track procedures and a two-thirds vote but is likely to be revived later this week. The storm is expected to dump between 12 to 18 inches of rain on Puerto Rico before heading towards the Dominican Republic.

According to Col. Jim Walker, support was being provided under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), an agreement that offers assistance to all USA states, territories and the District of Columbia during times of crisis.

"We need more resources from the Department of Defense so we can get helicopters and resources. This is clearly a critical disaster in Puerto Rico", he said Sunday night, according to the Washington Post. "Hurricane Maria has devastated our island. Now, the Island has been dealt a crushing blow and needs all the assistance it can get".

"It has really been a wake-up call in how dependent we are on 21st century technology to connect", she said.

She went on to explain that FEMA and the Office of Management and Budget first need to assess the scope of the damage in Puerto Rico-where the governor said on Monday a "humanitarian crisis" is looming if help doesn't arrive soon-then request money.

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