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January 19 2018, 01:39 | Irvin Gilbert
'Nobody could have done what I've done': Trump says he gets 'so little appreciation' for hurricane recovery work in Puerto Rico
The death toll in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria has reached 43, an official said on Tuesday, up from 39 previously reported, as islanders continue to fall victim to infections, bad road conditions and other consequences of the storm.
The bill combines $18.7 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief with $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. Ryan is set to visit Puerto Rico on Friday.
"'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making, ' says Sharyl Attkisson", Trump posted.
The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, says President Donald Trump's criticism of her hurricane-ravaged country is "unbecoming" of a commander in chief.
The president's tweets set off a flurry of chatter online, given that the US territory is barely entering its third week with the majority of the population still without power and one-third without water.
Keep in mind, more than 80% of the island still doesn't have electricity and many don't have cell service or access to clean water.
The mayor tweeted that Trump is "incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you!" Texas and Florida - two states Trump won during last year's presidential election - also were struck by severe hurricanes recently, but the President has made no public indication that the federal government is pulling back on its response there.
Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the island last week to reaffirm the USA commitment to the island's recovery.
On Thursday morning, POTUS tweeted (gasp!) that Puerto Rico itself is to blame for its current post-hurricane crisis, while suggesting that he "cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been unbelievable (under the most hard circumstances) in P.R. forever!" House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the government needs to ensure that Puerto Rico can "begin to stand on its own two feet" and said the US has "got to do more to help Puerto Rico rebuild its own economy". He blamed Puerto Rico for its looming financial crisis and "a total lack of accountability". Authorities told CNN on Wednesday that the death toll had gone up to 45, but at least some 113 people were still unaccounted for. The death toll in Florida after Hurricane Irma, which made landfall on September 10, also reached 75, the Miami Herald reported, not counting the more than 38 people who died in the Caribbean.
The legislative aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request.