President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his assist of Puerto Rico in its rebuilding from hurricanes, however he doesn’t suppose officers within the U.S. territory are spending federal help correctly.
“Puerto Rico has been taken higher care of by Donald Trump than by any dwelling human being,” Trump informed reporters on the White Home earlier than leaving for Michigan.
Puerto Ricans and their authorities officers have complained that the U.S. response stays gradual, however Trump informed reporters there’s $91 billion going to Puerto Rico. He stated that’s greater than the quantity earmarked for Florida and Texas hurricane restoration.
It’s unclear how he’s arrived at that quantity. Many federal companies are sending help cash and differing quantities have been approved, however not but allotted.
Trump stated he thinks Puerto Ricans perceive he’s sending them loads, however he took purpose at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. She has been an outspoken critic of Trump since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September 2017 as a Class four storm. Gov. Ricardo Rossello has been essential as properly, accusing the administration of erecting roadblocks to the funding.
“You do have a mayor of San Juan that frankly doesn’t know what she’s doing,” Trump stated. “And the governor … they don’t know how you can spend the cash they usually’re not spending it correctly.”
Trump’s opposition to additional catastrophe help for Puerto Rico hardened Tuesday throughout a Capitol Hill assembly. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida stated Trump informed Republicans at a closed-door luncheon that help for Puerto Rico “is method out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others have gotten.”
Trump’s stance units up a showdown with Home Democrats, who insist $13 billion-to-$14 billion catastrophe help bundle that’s a prime precedence for southern Republicans received’t advance in Congress with out additional help for the island.