Trump administration officials visiting Puerto Rico

Trump administration officials visiting Puerto Rico

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Government indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong MORE are expected to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday to assess the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, Reuters reported

The two Trump Cabinet members will reportedly receive briefings on rebuilding efforts and learn how federal aid is being used to assist residents.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in federal assistance, and House Republicans on Monday introduced an $81 billion disaster aid package to assist areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires.


The Trump administration’s initial response to the damage caused by Maria has been harshly criticized as inadequate. Three months after the hurricane, a large portion of the island is still without full electrical capacity, and many are without power at all.

Complicating matters, Puerto Rico has a $72 billion debt to the United States. A number of Puerto Rican and U.S. officials have called for the debt to be forgiven as the island continues its recovery.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Monday ordered a recount of the death toll from the storm after The New York Times reported the actual number is likely much higher than the official tally of 64.