"During all the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, there's been a feature of the Trump administration and that is that they take away the aid before it's done", Cruz concluded.
"We are confident that FEMA will continue to provide the necessary assistance", Hector Pesquera, Puerto Rico's head of public security, said in a statement. He did not say when the agency would finalize its plan to hand the remaining supplies over to the Puerto Rican government. "Cutting this aid to the people of Puerto Rico, who nearly a third of them still do not have electricity, it's unconscionable, and it's a travesty".
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. Despite visiting the island and signing a $36.5 billion emergency aid measure to refill disaster accounts, provide a cash infusion and bail out the federal flood insurance program, Trump has received considerable flack from Democrats and Puerto Ricans for failing to fix the island faster. The letter is co-authored by 30 Members of Congress, including Nelson and Rubio, and U.S. Reps.
The members signing the letter included Florida's two US senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, and the state's lone USA representative with Puerto Rican roots, Orlando Democrat Darren Soto.
"There is need still", she told reporters in Washington, where she was attending the State of the Union address as a guest of New York Sen.
"The commercial supply chain for food and water is re-established and private suppliers are sufficiently available that FEMA-provided commodities are no longer needed for emergency operations", the agency said in a statement.
It's estimated that 300,000 Puerto Ricans have moved to Florida to flee the ravaged island. "Supermarkets are open, and things are going back to normal".
He added, "If you look at how the president has treated Puerto Rico, you have to conclude that he just doesn't care and probably thinks of Puerto Rico as just another shithole country".
"FEMA will continue to support the government of Puerto Rico to meet the needs they identify".
Residents of San Isidro, Puerto Rico carry food and water provided by FEMA to a neighborhood without electricity or running water last October.
A US federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by some of Puerto Rico's bondholders, who had argued that the USA territory broke the law by defaulting on constitutionally-guaranteed debt despite having the money to make payments. As Soto pointed out, "American lives are at stake!"