San Juan mayor: Trump's words on Puerto Rico are 'utter hypocrisy'

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FEMA said Wednesday that the agency's aid work for Puerto Rico has not changed since it began aiding the island and that joint assessments were being conducted regularly regarding response and recovery efforts. Many towns are still inaccessible by vehicle, making it hard to distribute adequate supplies.

Almost six months after Hurricane Maria battered the US territory, some places on the island still lack power and potable water.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz says many in the USA territory still need the water and food they have been getting from FEMA.

It's estimated that 300,000 Puerto Ricans have moved to Florida to flee the ravaged island. "Cutting this aid to the people of Puerto Rico, nearly a third of them who still do not have electricity, it's unconscionable", the Democratic lawmaker said.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged solidarity with Americans recovering from natural disasters, including those in Puerto Rico ― the USA territory his administration has ignored, insulted and ultimately abandoned in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's devastation.

If the Trump administration is truly "with" the 3.4 million US citizens who call Puerto Rico home, and committed to being a partner in the island's full recovery, it won't pull the plug too soon on food and water deliveries, along with any other vital aid.

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"As a United States citizen it hurts, it hurts to the core that we have to say that", he said.

Politicians from both political parties reacted angrily to news of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's plan to end shipment of emergency food and water supplies to storm-battered Puerto Rico. Ending that aid on January 31 means the agency "believes the immediate humanitarian emergency has subsided", according to NPR. Marco Rubio, who also represents Florida, who pointed out many in America have misconceptions about Puerto Rico, which may compound the problem.

As of last week, approximately 2,400 students from Puerto Rico had enrolled in the Commonwealth's schools. "Supermarkets are open, and things are going back to normal".

"We have some water, a way to store water for their necessities, not drinking water but for just the use of the house", he said. "Now is not the time to cut off this life-sustaining assistance", Soto said in a statement.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., who also attended the summit, described the situation as "outrageous".

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