Cuomo on Trump and Puerto Rico: 'You never leave Americans in need'

Cuomo on Trump and Puerto Rico: 'You never leave Americans in need'

October 12, 2017 10:35 PM

More help from New York will head to Puerto Rico for recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.

Seventy-eight medical workers from across the state will volunteer to treat patients there. Shelters remain open, with the majority of homes without power.

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The news comes after the House passed a $36 billion bill for disaster funds to help the island. Earlier in the day, President Trump sent out a critical tweet of Puerto Rico's finances, saying that we cannot keep FEMA, the military and first responders in Puerto Rico forever.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the president's statement.

"I think we were late in deploying in Puerto Rico," the governor said. "And I think in many ways, that's why the emergency efforts have gone on so long because we were late in deploying. But you never leave Americans in need."

The president's tweet come in contrast with remarks made by Vice President Mike Pence. During a visit lask week, he said, ""We are with you today, we will be with you tomorrow, we will be with you every day until Puerto Rico rebuilds and recovers bigger and better than ever before."

The health workers won't be paid. JetBlue donated its flights to and from San Juan.


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