Puerto Rico governor to huddle with Trump on recovery efforts
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will visit the White House on Thursday as the island struggles to rebuild in the wake of devastating hurricanes.
“We will be welcoming Gov. Rosselló of Puerto Rico to the White House to talk about the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the daily news briefing.
“We will continue working hand in hand with local leaders in all areas of our country that have been impacted by several natural disasters in recent months,” she added.
“As President Trump has repeatedly said, we stand with our fellow citizens,” she said. “We’re here to help and get them back on their feet.”
Weeks after Hurricanes Irma and Maria first made landfall, most of Puerto Rico remains without power and people there are struggling to find food and water.
Trump has been criticized by Democrats who say the federal response was slow and that the president has not shown the same amount of attention to those in Puerto Rico as he has to those who were impacted by hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida earlier this year.
Some have also said that Trump has lacked empathy by criticizing Puerto Rico’s existing infrastructure and debt problems and saying Puerto Ricans need to do more to assist his administration’s recovery efforts.
“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump said on Twitter last week.
Rosselló tweeted back:
The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation.
— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 12, 2017
The president struck a different tone at a Christian summit on Friday.
“These are people that are incredible people, they suffered gravely and we’ll be there, we’re going to be there,” Trump said.
“We have really, it is not even a question of a choice. We don’t even want a choice, we’re going to be there as Americans and we love those people and what they’ve gone through and they’re all healing, and their states and territories are healing and healing rapidly.”
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