President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the US territory was to blame for its financial struggles.
His broadsides triggered an outcry from Democrats in Washington and officials on the island, which has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks ago, leaving death and destruction in an unparalleled humanitarian crisis.
The debate played out as the House headed toward passage of a $36.5 billion disaster aid package, including assistance for Puerto Rico.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the government needs to ensure that Puerto Rico can "begin to stand on its own two feet" and said the US has "got to do more to help Puerto Rico rebuild its own economy."
Ryan, the House speaker, planned to visit Puerto Rico tomorrow. He has promised that the island will get what it needs.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi echoed Ryan's comments and reminded people that Puerto Ricans are Americans who deserve help from the government.
Pelosi also lashed out at Trump for his expected decertification of the Iran Nuclear deal and his executive order directing his administration to rewrite federal rules so consumers can have wider access to health insurance plans featuring lower premiums.