“Do you agree with the president?”
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., leveraged her position as the ranking Democrat on House Committee on Financial Services to confront secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson on Thursday.
As Carson was testifying before the committee, Waters challenged him regarding President Donald Trump’s assertion that Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was a “disaster” before being destroyed by Hurricane Maria, and that limits should be set on the federal government’s costs associated with recovery efforts on the island.
“I had intended to start to talk about the housing crisis that we have,” Waters said, “but since the president was busy tweeting this morning and you referred to HUD’s role in dealing with the hurricane disasters and what you and the administration are doing, this morning Trump threatened to abandon Puerto Rico recovery efforts.
Waters contended that Trump “served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.”
Waters then read a series of tweets posted by Trump on Thursday which noted that federal efforts to aid Puerto Rico could only continue for so long.