On Thursday, The House overcame a conservative backlash to send another round of disaster relief to Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico in response to devastating hurricanes.
Democrats reported that $36.5 billion is needed to replenish funds that are quickly depleting.
Even after President Trump suggested that federal emergency workers cannot remain in Puerto Rico “forever,” the overwhelming 353-69 vote came and the House approved $18.7 billion in funds.
Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, went on to accuse Trump of “genocide” for what she said was an antipathy toward her island territory.
In a statement sent to Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, Cruz asked him to publicize the statement on Capitol Hill.
She wrote, “I ask every American that has love, and not hate in their hearts, to stand with Puerto Rico and let this President know we WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE.”
She continued, “I ask the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in our eyes and seeing the pride that burns fiercely in our hearts and souls.”
Cruz and President Trump have been feuding for weeks, with Mr. Trump saying the federal government is fully invested, and saying the hurdles to recovery are on the island itself.
Earlier on Thursday in a tweet, President Trump stated federal emergency help couldn’t go on indefinitely.
Now if the President doesn’t sign the bill he’s fair game, but she’s no better for politicizing her own situation for the national spotlight.
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Credit: Washington Times