“President Trump’s threat to abandon the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico is absolutely despicable. I visited the island this past weekend, and I saw firsthand just how dire the situation is for the nearly 3.5 million Americans who make their home there. For the president to publicly consider removing federal help from the island in the midst of a humanitarian nightmare is disgusting.

“What is happening in Puerto Rico is not a game. The people of Puerto Rico need food, water, electricity and the basic essentials of life. They need a serious, sustained, long-term commitment from the federal government to provide relief for the island, to rebuild their infrastructure and to return life somewhere near to normal.

“They do not need half-cocked tweets and ridiculous threats,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.