Leading Puerto Rican newspaper hits Trump on hurricane aid: 'Your numbers are fake'

Leading Puerto Rican newspaper hits Trump on hurricane aid: 'Your numbers are fake'
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Puerto Rico’s top newspaper hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE on Friday over his claim that the U.S. had previously allocated $92 billion to the territory for hurricane recovery.

"Mr. President: Your Numbers Are Fake," El Nuevo Día, which usually publishes its articles and newspapers in Spanish but posted an English version on Friday, said in its front page headline.

"Although some politicians in Puerto Rico have indeed mismanaged funds and have let their constituents down, Mr. Trump's claims about the amount of money that has actually been assigned to the island are incorrect," read the front page. 

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Congress approved $42 billion in aid for the territory after it was struck by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The Trump administration faced sharp criticism for its handling of the storms, and the island territory's recovery is ongoing.

Trump has an infamously acrimonious relationship with top officials in Puerto Rico, tweeting this week that emergency funds are syphoned off to “corrupt” politicians. 

Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 3 storm Friday, narrowly avoided Puerto Rico, though parts of the territory experienced flooding.