Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Puerto Rico's death toll from Hurricane Maria rises to 43, power outages remain
House set to pass $36.5B for hurricane, wildfire relief

13 Octubre, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency, in an email Thursday (Oct 12) to reporters about its relief efforts, notes that it has received reports of people trying to drink potentially dangerous Superfund water, from wells that were sealed to avoid human exposure to toxins: "There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste 'Superfund' sites in Puerto Rico".

"Would we be blithely accepting predictions of another month - or more - to get the power restored? No". Even long after a site is granted Superfund status, designating it a priority for the federal government, cleanup can take decades-and even then efforts are rarely able to eliminate all toxins. When NPR's Tom Gjelten asked about Trump's latest tweets, a spokesman said the governor has spoken with the White House asking for "clarification".

"I'm not sure the timing is ideal given the fact that they're in the midst of this challenge that continues to evolve", he said.

"There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste 'Superfund' sites in Puerto Rico", the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a release. Abbott also attacked his own delegation, saying the lack of Texas-specific funds meant they had "let themselves be rolled by the House of Representatives".

And after Trump said Cruz had "been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", the mayor wore a black T-shirt featuring one word: "Nasty".

When he visited Puerto Rico last week, Trump said, "Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack, because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine".

The president adds: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

The Wisconsin Republican says Washington also needs to help the U.S. territory rebuild its economy.

Velazquez called Thursday's bill a "down payment in helping the response" in Puerto Rico and other areas affected by hurricanes and wildfires.

"'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.' says Sharyl Attkisson".

The tweets conflicted with Trump's past statements on Puerto Rico.

It was not immediately clear which Superfund sites the EPA was referring to.

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The legislative aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request.

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