Chairman Crowley Statement on President Trump’s Threat to Abandon Puerto Rico

October 12, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after President Trump said he plans to abandon the people of Puerto Rico as the island rebuilds following recent hurricanes:

“President Trump’s threats are a slap in the face to the people of Puerto Rico. We cannot abandon our brothers and sisters who are simply asking for the same aid and assistance to rebuild their homes, economy, and lives that any U.S. citizen would expect from their government following an unprecedented natural disaster and humanitarian crisis.

“When 90 percent of the island still lacks electricity and the majority of people lack access to clean drinking water, the Trump administration must intensify its support of Puerto Rico – not issue baseless threats to abandon these Americans.

“Our commitment to helping Puerto Rico rebuild must be measured in months and years – not days and weeks. President Trump’s threats to abandon Puerto Rico show a deep disregard for the pain and suffering of our fellow Americans. This is simply wrong.”