Increased tensions over Hurricane Maria between U.S. and Puerto Rico

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Increased tensions over Hurricane Maria between U.S. and Puerto Rico

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Tensions are escalating between President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico’s governor over disaster relief efforts that have been slow in coming for the still Hurricane-rattled island after Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he feels that the United States officials are being to harsh to his Representatives. Rosselló said he would not sit back and allow his officials to be bullied by the White House. Rosselló  direct words were: “If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth,” Rosselló said. “It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage” (CNN). Rosselló’s top aides told CNN that during a tense encounter at the White House on Wednesday they were warned by senior White House officials that representatives for the US territory were pushing too hard to arrange a meeting aimed at discussing the island’s life horrible  situation with the President.

Ricardo has been working endlessly to try and set up a meeting with President Trump but has been denied countless times. This issue has been going on for two years between the two nations after the storm hit Puerto Rico. According to Puerto Rican officials, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, along with other senior officials, all but threatened the island’s representatives during the meeting.  The battle this week between the White House and Rosselló’s office erupted after it was reported that Trump told Republican senators on Capitol Hill that he questioned the wisdom of directing more storm relief aid to Puerto Rico. However, despite the fact that billions of dollars in funds have already by authorized by Congress to be sent to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. President Trump held a closed door meeting with Senate Republicans, Trump went out of his way to point out the totals of disaster relief aid that has been distributed in the wake of a series of storms and hurricanes in 2017. Trump describes it as a pest issue he has been dealing with for months that he wants to get rid of. Trump mentioned Puerto Rico’s finances and total disaster relief in negative terms repeatedly in meetings with lawmakers and staff as they’ve worked through iterations of the next disaster relief bill. Many Senators have created an argument that is if the United States is spending the money wisely for the People of Puerto Rico

Trump, senators said, then utilized a chart to showed the difference between what Puerto Rico has received compared to other hurricane-affect regions such as Texas and Florida. At one point, Trump noted that Puerto Rico has received more than $90 billion in aid. The U.S. states have only received 20 billion in Hurricane relief funds. White House officials did not deny Trump’s remarks to Republican senators, and defended the administration’s handling of disaster relief funds for the island. “The Trump administration is committed to the complete recovery of Puerto Rico. The island has received unprecedented support and is on pace to receive tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement (CNN).
https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/28/politics/ricardo-rossell-donald-trump-puerto-rico-funding/index.html
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