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Oxfam Condemns US Response In Puerto Rico and Promises to Step In

Oxfam Condemns US Response In Puerto Rico and Promises to Step In”

Trump has received criticism from some Democratic lawmakers for the relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by two hurricanes last month. "We are outraged at the slow and inadequate response the US Government has mounted", Oxfam America's president said in the statement.

Long is praising the efforts of more than 13,000 federal staff in the stricken USA territory.

In the United States, as in most wealthy and frankly even middle-income countries, we assume that the government will lead in any disaster response, and that civil society will work together with the government and fill the gaps and hold the government accountable.

"I think there is a frustration from people who are making attacks on them that aren't grounded in the reality of an incredibly hard logistical situation. And I'll tell you what, I think we've done just as good in Puerto Rico, and it's actually a much tougher situation", Trump told reporters.

President Trump on Tuesday said he believes his administration has done just as well on the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as it has in Florida and Texas.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Trump said "we must be united" in offering assistance to those suffering in Puerto Rico and criticized "complaints" by Cruz.

More than half of the commonwealth's 3.4 million residents lack running water, and many are struggling to access fuel for cars and generators, which have become necessary because of its decimated power grid, which even before Maria had faced financial troubles and damage from previous storms.

According to the statement, Oxfam will "join forces with Puerto Rican leaders to appeal to Congress and other federal agencies in Washington to dedicate resources to the response and remove barriers that are keeping aid out".



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