As U.S. territory Puerto Rico continues to struggle after back-to-back devastating hurricanes, President Donald Trump threatened to stop sending federal aid in a series of Tweets on Thursday, according to Huffpost.
Trump quoted Fox News regular and conservative journalist Sharyl Attkison and blamed the blasted Puerto Rico for its growing financial crises and threatened to stop Federal Emergency Management Agency aid.
On Thursday afternoon Trump Tweeted: “‘Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.’ says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”
Citizens of the hurricane ravaged island have begged the federal government for more help, including San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been a harsh critic of the White House’s response.
Cruz also responded to Trump’s new tweets by describing him as a “hater in chief.”
“@POTUS your comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in Chief they seem more to come from a ‘Hater in Chief’.”
Last week when the president visited the island, he consistently praised his administration and himself for the doing such a great job while complaining about how Puerto Rico has “thrown our budget a little out of whack.”