FEMA Reaffirms Its Commitment to Puerto Rico After Trump's Tweets

| OCT 12, 2017 | 5:22 PM

Just hours after President Donald Trump tweeted about limited resources for assisting Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reassured Puerto Rico it would support the island “throughout their response & recovery”:

Some suspected that the president, after his Thursday morning tweetstorm, was blaming Puerto Rico for its current predicament post-Hurricane Maria, and warning that the federal government might have to abandon its relief efforts.

On Thursday, Trump issued a series of tweets in which he noted Puerto Rico's financial crisis and called the territory's infrastructure before the Hurricane a “disaster”:

His last tweet on Puerto Rico suggested that FEMA, among others, would eventually have to pull out of Puerto Rico:

Earlier this month, Trump visited Puerto Rico where he tossed supplies to victims during a visit. The president also provoked backlash when, during the same visit, he commented on the strain disaster relief placed on the federal budget. “Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you have thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico,” Trump said.