The hits just keep on coming for struggling Puerto Rico. The island is still in dire straits after getting rocked by Hurricane Maria last year, and Trump wants nothing to do with the U.S. territory.
After failing to respond to Maria promptly, Trump eventually traveled to Puerto Rico only to humiliate hurricane victims by treating them like dogs. His lowest moment occurred when he shot rolls of paper towels into a crowd of Puerto Ricans.
FEMA just announced that it would pull free food and water supplies this week. According to NPR, FEMA will “officially shut off” aid on Wednesday. FEMA Puerto Rico director Alejandro De La Campa told NPR:
“The reality is that we just need to look around. Supermarkets are open, and things are going back to normal.”
Morovis Mayor Carmen Maldonado doesn’t agree with La Campa. Mayor Maldonado reported that 80% of her town remains without electricity and can not afford a generator.
She stated, “There are some municipalities that may not need the help anymore, because they’ve got nearly 100 percent of their energy and water back. Ours is not so lucky.”
“This is all something that FEMA should contemplate before eliminating its delivery of these supplies,” she added.
Of course, director Alejandro De La Campa used money concerns as his excuse, stating:
“If we’re giving free water and food, that means that families are not going to supermarkets to buy. It is affecting the economy of Puerto Rico. So we need to create a balance. With the financial assistance we’re providing to families and the municipalities, they’re able to go back to the normal economy.”
When Trump visited Puerto Rico, he blamed the island for throwing the U.S. budget “out of whack.