Roberto Morales Santos, 70, looks out after posing for a portrait in his home, damaged by Hurricane Maria, in the municipality of Barranquitas outside San Juan, Puerto Rico October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles.The debate played out as the House headed toward passage of a $36.5 billion disaster aid package, including assistance for Puerto Rico.Forty-five deaths in Puerto Rico have been blamed on Maria, about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity and the government says it hopes to have electricity restored completely by March.Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the island last week to offer the U.S. commitment to the island's recovery. The tweets conflicted with Trump's past statements on Puerto Rico.
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