It's been three weeks since Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico. Most residents are still without running water and electricity. Hospitals continue to run short on medicine and supplies, and most businesses remain closed. The death toll has risen to 45, with speculation that the number is much higher.
"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
...accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
...We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
Trump might be unaware that Puerto Rico is part of the US, but Congress must move as quickly as possible to pass a disaster relief package.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 12, 2017
The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 12, 2017
Rosselló called the White House after Trump posted the tweets to get clarification that the Federal Government would continue to provide aid.
The Stafford Act is very clear that once FEMA enters into a natural disaster such as this, they’re not leaving until the actions have been taken. I further spoke to the White House because I wanted clarity. I spoke to Gen. Kelly, and he reiterated that they were going to be here for Puerto Rico for the long haul.
It seems that, once again, what is being said at the White House and what is being blasted on Donald Trump's Twitter feed don't mesh.