White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on CNN's "The Situation Room" that he did not view Trump's tweets as a "threat" to withdraw aid to Puerto Rico and conceded he did not know why Trump decided to make those statements Thursday morning. A total lack of.accountability say the Governor.
In a series of tweets, the president added, "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes".
He then went on to propose that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the military and first responders - who he said "have been fantastic (under the most hard circumstances)" - can not stay in the US territory "forever!" "Quite frankly I've never had anyone in Puerto Rico's government ask for that", Rubio said.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday he said will bring "great, great health care" to millions of people, said Puerto Rico can't be helped "forever", and urged the Senate to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as his secretary of homeland security.
Ryan said he didn't know about Trump's tweets.
Trump's comments on Twitter on Thursday morning were followed by White House reassurances that the administration was "committed" to disaster relief in Puerto Rico. And after Trump said Cruz had "been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", the mayor wore a black T-shirt featuring one word: "Nasty".
"Mr. President, you seem to want to disregard the moral imperative that your administration has been unable to fulfill", Cruz said in a statement.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, which has a sizeable Puerto Rican community, told Reuters he had urged Trump to create a high-level task force to provide advice for rebuilding Puerto Rico, and that the president was receptive to the idea.
He added: "There will be a period in which ... we hope sooner rather than later, to where the U.S. military and FEMA, generally speaking, can withdraw because then the government and the people of Puerto Rico are recovering sufficiently to start the process of rebuilding".
Puerto Rico's economy ground to a halt in the storm.
Rubio said it is up to the oversight board charged with resolving Puerto Rico's debt crisis to determine how to address the island's debt, noting that private debt owed to investors with legal recourse can not simply be "forgiven" by the federal government. The death toll in Florida after Hurricane Irma, which made landfall on September 10, also reached 75, the Miami Herald reported, not counting the more than 38 people who died in the Caribbean.
60 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working on generator power.
Just 17% of the USA territory has power, according to the island's government. In addition to the federal effort, 22 states have responded to calls for aid in Puerto Rico.
Short also argued it was wrong for the government to take this moment to expand hurricane relief into larger assistance for Puerto Rico. The recovery effort comes after the government-owned electricity utility PREPA filed for bankruptcy in July - and after Puerto Rico itself filed for bankruptcy, facing more than $120 billion in debt, as NPR's Samantha Raphelson has reported.