Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief




  • In US
  • 2017-10-22 17:51:15Z
  • By By Pete Schroeder
Schumer departs after a full-Senate briefing by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Capitol in Washington
Schumer departs after a full-Senate briefing by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Capitol in Washington  

By Pete Schroeder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charles Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is calling on President Donald Trump to name a single official to oversee and coordinate relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Schumer, along with Representatives Luis Velàzquez and Jose Serrano, said a "CEO of response and recovery" is needed to manage the complex and ongoing federal response in the territory, where millions of Americans remain without power and supplies.

In a statement on Sunday, Schumer said the current federal response had been "disorganized, slow-footed and mismanaged."


(Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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