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Trump Threatens To Limit Aid To Puerto Rico, Citing Pre-Hurricane ‘Disaster’

President Trump began Thursday on Twitter by appearing to tell Puerto Rico that the federal relief effort after its worst hurricane in a century had a pending expiration date. “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend,” he tweeted. “We cannot keep FEMA, the military, and the first responders … in P.R. forever!” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded with a scathing letter to Trump, saying he was “incapable of empathy” and condemning Puerto Ricans to a “slow death.” On Thursday, the House will vote on a $36.5 billion emergency spending bill for the areas hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that includes $5.05 billion in loans for Puerto Rico.

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