Dems call on Trump to prioritize relief efforts on two Puerto Rican islands

Dems call on Trump to prioritize relief efforts on two Puerto Rican islands
© Greg Nash

A group of 16 Democratic senators is calling on President Trump to send aid and relief to two Puerto Rican islands that were devastated by two hurricanes last month.

In a letter on Wednesday, the senators asked Trump to send relief to Vieques and Culebra and provide the two islands with “higher priority” in the wake of the two storms.

"The residents of Vieques and Culebra are U.S. citizens, and no fellow citizen should be left ‘clamoring for help,' " the lawmakers wrote. "They need help now, and we urge that you provide them with sufficient aid and assistance without further delay."

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Sixteen senators in total signed the letter, including Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Trump is a 'racist bully' Poll: Oprah would outperform Warren, Harris against Trump in California Democrats continue to dismiss positive impacts of tax reform MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration MORE (D-Calif.). The letter said the state of the populations on the two islands is “profoundly worrying.” The senators note a report that said Vieques has been without power and water for more than a week.

“We remain deeply concerned about the entire relief and recovery effort taking place in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” the senators said. “The situations in Vieques and Culebra are especially worrisome.”

Trump is scheduled to travel to Puerto Rico on Tuesday for his first trip since two hurricanes that ravaged the island last month.

Some Democratic lawmakers have criticized the president for his administration's relief efforts in Puerto Rico.