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13 Octubre 2017

We weren't prepared: The government's lack of awareness, and thus regulation of social media technology, leaves tech platforms to monitor themselves - which didn't provide much incentive for them to keep close tabs on how their platforms were being used for electoral manipulation.

Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population, and its governor this week appealed to Trump for billions in additional federal aid.

Trump has pushed back hard at criticism of his administration's initial response to the disaster, accusing the media of exaggerating the devastation and minimizing relief efforts led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with support from the Defense Department. Lopez visited Puerto Rico last weekend and reflected on the dire situation its residents face.

Vox reported that conflicting numbers from the U.S. government and the Puerto Rican government have made it difficult to estimate exactly how many people died - a figure that could go well into the hundreds. But he continued to urge Congress to repeal the law, something Republicans haven't been able to do despite holding majorities in both the House and Senate.

Trump brought up the country's debt crisis in a tweet Thursday morning.

The mayor tweeted that Trump is "incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you!"

The EPA advised against "tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking from these wells, as it may be dangerous to people's health".

Trump's comments are his latest remarks on Puerto Rico to offer a mix of criticism and support - and to draw what seems to be a direct response from local politicians in the U.S. territory.

Significant relief efforts remain underway in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, totaling over $1.4 billion this year in disaster recovery money, plus another $1.2 billion this year after Hurricane Matthew last year. "Someone is going to pay the bill".

"'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.' says Sharyl Attkisson".

"The president of the United States is tweeting out threats to withdraw assistance, that is an outrage, that is an insult", Velazquez said.

Ryan said he didn't know about Trump's tweets.

Earlier Thursday, the president quoted a journalist with the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group as suggesting the island shared in the responsibility for the plight of its citizens.

"I'm counting on the next supplemental adding the funds for Texas", said Rep. John Carter, R-Texas. But the federal relief effort has also hit problems such as reported hoarding by municipal employees, Tom said, citing it as one reason for the "militarization of the aid operation" in Puerto Rico.

With storm-damaged schools closed, Puerto Rican students turn to Bridgeport