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What Does Being A U.S. Territory Mean For Puerto Rico?

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President Donald Trump walks with FEMA administrator Brock Long, second from right, and Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, right as he tours an area affected by Hurricane Maria in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3, 2017. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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President Trump posted a series of early morning tweets on Thursday that put the disaster spotlight back on Puerto Rico.

In one tweet he reminded everyone that Puerto Rico’s “electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” In the next one he blamed Puerto Rico for its looming financial crisis and “a total lack of accountability.” And finally he appeared to threaten to remove federal aid workers from the territory after Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello responded by tweeting that Puerto Ricans “are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.”

The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.

— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 12, 2017

…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under

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