Photograph taken absolutely one 12 months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September 2017: Gentle poles record to the facet in Luquillo, Puerto Rico.
After Donald Trump’s magnanimous spherical of paper towel tossing in 2017 whereas visiting hurricane-torn Puerto Rico, Trump actually thinks the U.S. territory has gotten fairly sufficient aid already. In actual fact, “He doesn’t need one other single greenback going to the island,” in line with a White Home aide.
After asking his aides final month to search out methods of limiting support to the island, Trump made his stance completely clear once more Tuesday at a gathering with GOP senators on Capitol Hill. Although Trump principally bragged in regards to the finish of Robert Mueller’s investigation, fantasized about killing well being take care of thousands and thousands of People, and mocked the Inexperienced New Deal as a result of who cares about local weather change, he additionally discovered time to “complain” in regards to the quantity of aid going to Puerto Rico and its residents, who nonetheless have not come near recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.
However true to kind, Trump lied to emphasise his level, claiming that Puerto Rico has gotten $91 billion in support, whereas Texas was granted $29 billion following a collection of hurricane hits. Solely, the $91 billion is pure fantasy, writes the Washington Publish.
However it’s unclear the place Trump acquired the determine for Puerto Rico support. It’s just like estimates of the quantity of harm versus what Congress has accredited for aid. One congressional official mentioned it’s troublesome to quantify how a lot support the island acquired due to how the cash is disbursed.
So troublesome, in actual fact, that the inspector normal of the Division of Housing and City Growth (HUD) introduced Tuesday it might look at whether or not the White Home had hampered the disbursement of aid funding allotted to Puerto Rico. Congress, as an example, has allotted $20 billion in HUD aid for the island, however solely $1.5 billion has been accredited to be spent, in accordance the Publish.
And if Trump had his manner, Puerto Ricans would not see a dime of it, as a result of they have not suffered sufficient in Trump’s guide.