Sen. Rick Scott responded to criticism from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, after the Florida Republican spoke out in support of a failed bill aimed at helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.

Schumer ripped Scott in a tweet responding to the former governor's support for a disaster relief measure heralded by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

As Fox News reported:

Scott met with Trump at the White House Thursday along with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., to discuss a possible deal with the commander-in-chief on relief to Puerto Rico. Trump is feuding with the island's Democratic officials and reportedly railed against aid to Puerto Rico at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans last month.

The island was slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.

Scott called out Schumer in the tweet, saying he need to “stop these political games.”

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Earlier this month, a bill that would have given relief to those states affected by natural disasters failed 44-49 in the Senate. The $13 billion package would have “provided $600 million for Puerto Rico’s food stamp program,” NBC News reported. An alternative that was proposed by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Schumer was similar in the aid provided to Puerto Rico “while freeing up grant funding from the Department of House and Urban Development that has already been allocated to the island,” Politico reported. Democrats were blocked by Republicans from bringing it to the floor.

In a recent op-ed that was published in the New York Daily News, Schumer wrote that relief for the island “shouldn’t be locked away in the U.S. Treasury because of bureaucratic red tape.”

"How can you say you’re Puerto Rico’s voice in the Senate while supporting a disaster bill that strips needed help from the island and is opposed by PR’s Governor?" Schumer wrote. "Why not stand up for both PR & Florida, and have the courage to tell @realDonaldTrump to leave no community behind?"

On "Fox & Friends," Scott suggested that Schumer (D-N.Y.) was being disingenuous.

"First off, you've got to speak the facts," he said.


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Scott said that his first ever speech on the Senate floor was to call for millions of dollars in food and nutrition funding for affected Puerto Ricans.

"This is just about, oh, he (Schumer) hates Donald Trump. He's mad [that] I did well [electorally] with Puerto Ricans," Scott said of Schumer, who he joked might have considered blocking him from entering the Empire State for the interview.

Schumer alleged in a later tweet that the bill Scott had supported "has none of the long-term recovery & resilience aid" that Gov. Ricardo Rossello (D-P.R.) and others on the island have asked for.

"Stop the bull. Stand up to [Donald Trump]," Schumer wrote.

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