John Kelly White House Press Briefing

While speaking to reporters at a press briefing on Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly seemed to clear up any confusion as to whether the administration would stop helping Puerto Rico before recovery efforts were complete.

“Our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done,” Kelly stated. ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega had asked Kelly about Trump's tweets from earlier on Thursday.

On Thursday, the president received criticism after he tweeted messages that appeared to blame Puerto Rico for the state it was in after Hurricane Maria, as well as indicate that there was a finite amount of time in which federal resources could continue to be devoted to the recovery efforts:

Kelly noted that the federal government intended on eventually pulling resources, like those from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), out of Puerto Rico.

“The tweet about FEMA and [the Department of Defense], read military, is exactly accurate,” Kelly said. “They're not going to be there forever. And the whole point is to start to work yourself out ... and then transition to the rebuilding process.”

Kelly's comments seemed to align with a statement that FEMA, the organization Kelly previously led as Homeland Security Secretary, put out just prior to the press briefing.

As was previously reported, a FEMA spokeswoman reaffirmed her agency's commitment to Puerto Rico after Trump's tweets. The agency, spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said, would be with “every state, territory impacted by a disaster every day, supporting throughout their response & recovery.”

Watch Kelly's comments below, via Fox News.

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