Pressed on Trump's Tweets, Ben Carson Says He Has 'No Intention of Abandoning Puerto Rico'

| OCT 12, 2017 | 5:38 PM

While testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson reinforced the administration's commitment to helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the ranking Democratic member on the committee, pressed Carson on whether he agreed with the president's tweets, which she said shamed Puerto Rico and threatened to abandon recovery efforts. “I have no intention of abandoning Puerto Rico,” Carson said before saying it wasn't “beneficial” to blame anyone.

Waters was referring to Trump's tweets on Thursday morning when he indicated federal relief efforts in Puerto Rico could only last so long:

“He sought to shame the territory for its own plight,” Waters said, referencing Trump's second tweet. When Water's asked Carson whether he agreed with the president, Carson started to explain how Puerto Rico had contributed to America's culture.

“No I'm not talking about that,” Water's interjected before asking if Puerto Rico should be abandoned. After Carson said he had no intention of abandoning Puerto Rico, Waters shot back, “So, you don't agree with the president?”

Waters asked him again if he agreed that the recovery effort should be abandoned and Carson responded by saying, “Of course it should not be abandoned.”

At the end of her line of questioning regarding Puerto Rico, Waters said she was glad to hear Carson didn't agree with the president.

Watch Carson's answers below, via C-SPAN 3.