Schumer: White House must name Puerto Rico recovery chief

October 22, 2017 03:50 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the White House to appoint a chief executive in charge of helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

The New York Democrat said Sunday that the "chief executive of response and recovery" would have a direct line to Republican President Donald Trump and other federal and Puerto Rican officials.

Schumer said the federal response to Hurricane Maria has been mismanaged.

At least 49 people have been killed since Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 and thousands have lost their homes.

Trump gave himself a "10" on Thursday for his administration's response to Puerto Rico.

But Schumer said that 80 percent of Puerto Ricans still lack electricity. He said "this is just unconscionable and demands new action."

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