We can not aid Puerto Rico 'forever'

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Thousands of our fellow citizens are still out there without clean water, food, communication or roads allowing them to use any available transportation.

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So when the president traveled to Puerto Rico last week to prove the haters and losers decrying his total lack of empathy wrong, it wasn't entirely surprising that his remarks there included more of the same. Puerto Rico struggles with a weak tax base and a brain drain where highly qualified citizens generally move to the United States mainland.

"We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe", Trump continued.

Puerto Rico's financial woes are not "of their own making". I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Cuomo and thank him for his leadership.

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After staying silent for days following Hurricane Maria's utter devastation of Puerto Rico, Donald Trump's initial instinct was to blame the island for its problems, remind the US territory that it owes Wall Street a lot of money, and attack the Mayor of San Juan for stating, factually, that more aid was necessary. JetBlue transported additional supplies on board a passenger flight to Puerto Rico Saturday. Donald Trump has never cared about governing.

Senator Murphy said, "After receiving briefings from officials in Puerto Rico who are on the ground floor of the recovery effort, we are now at the point where we are being asked to provide specific items that they are in need of so they can get back on their feet.

The trip to Puerto Rico served as the launch of New York's effort to help Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico was affected by two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that passed through the Caribbean. Funds and in-kind contributions are being solicited from the business community, with a minimum donation of $10,000.

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