President Trump on Puerto Rico: 'I will always be with them!'

Fire burns from an open gas valve near the pool area at the Journey's End mobile home

And the head of the Puerto Rico Labor Federation is blunt about the attitude of the U.S. government: "They want us to die".

It has been utterly destroyed, according to Noah Snyder-Mackler, an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Washington who studies the monkeys. That number may climb as 117 others remain unaccounted for.

According to the poll, 62 percent of respondents said most Puerto Ricans affected by the hurricanes aren't getting the help they need.

Thousands have fled Puerto Rico in the three weeks since Hurricane Maria hit, but for the millions remaining the struggle for life's basic necessities seems to be never-ending. Scientists believe one out of eight monkeys possess the same SHANK3 gene seen in about 1 percent of autistic humans.

"We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!" The animals are tracked and analyzed by the scientists of the Caribbean Primate Research Center in nearby Punta Santiago, which was also devastated by the storm.

The food supply chain has emptied, and "resupplying it (will) take some time", Manuel Reyes, vice president of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Marketing, Industry and Distribution of Food, told the TV station.

The tweets conflicted with Trump's past statements on Puerto Rico. "In my opinion, the death toll is really low", he said.

Since 1938, nine generations of rhesus macaque monkeys have been studied there to further our understanding of primate behavior. He said there was no current plan to withdraw troops who are supporting FEMA's recovery efforts.

"It's not too much of an exaggeration to think along the lines of half a million or a little more than half a million over the next four years", Fernandez said.

The US House of Representatives approved a $36.5 billion disaster aid package Thursday for victims in Puerto Rico as well as resources for those in Texas, Florida and the US Virgin Islands still recovering from Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey. Following Donald Trump's threat to abandon Puerto Rico in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, Congress should guarantee its full support to Americans suffering in the wake of natural disasters.

They've gotten their driver's licenses; they're in contact with a shipping company to bring at least one of their cars to the state; they're looking for a place to live. The financial situation is more complicated than Trump's tweets suggest. "I can't see it yet, but I can imagine it".

The legislative aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request. Volunteers came from unions with nurses, the Teamsters, the building trades, and others to clear roads, repair crumbling structures, and more.

Many travel hours in search of food and bottled water, only to find empty shelves at most grocery stores.

Packard, who normally treats the homeless at Highland Hospital in Oakland, gave the example of an 87-year-old woman he saw in a rural town in the mountains. An additional $577 million would pay for western firefighting efforts. The researchers study the primates' DNA and community behaviors but don't kill them.

What is the government doing?

"You are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you!" she said.

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