Velázquez on President’s Tweets Threatening to Withdraw Help for Puerto Rico
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the President’s Tweets this morning suggesting he may attempt to withdraw federal assistance from Puerto Rico:
“The President of the United States’ most solemn duty is to protect the safety and the security of the American people. By suggesting he might abdicate this responsibility for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, Mr. Trump has called into question his ability to lead.
“I would note that the President did not make similar threats to Texas and Florida following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He should immediately renounce these Tweets and clarify that that our federal government will meet its obligation of assisting U.S. citizens impacted by this once-in-a-generation humanitarian crisis.
“Despite the President’s attempts to distract and create division, we will not allow the federal government to abandon Puerto Rico in its time of need.”