In the months after Hurricane Maria, which killed an estimated 2,975 people in Puerto Rico, the island’s Democratic governor abstained from joining the local chorus lashing President Trump over what they see as a botched federal response. But that fragile alliance has disintegrated, as Trump increasingly insists that aid to the island be cut off, a demand he reiterated to Senate Republicans on Tuesday. In his strongest rebuke yet of the president, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló late on Tuesday called Trump’s comments “below the dignity of a sitting president” and “irresponsible, regrettable and, above all, unjustified,” while suggesting Trump has dodged meeting him. “I invite the president to stop listening to ignorant and completely wrong advice,” Rosselló said in a statement. “Instead he should come to Puerto Rico to hear firsthand from the people on the ground. I invite him to put all of the resources at his disposal to help Americans in Puerto Rico, like he did for Texas and Alabama. No more, no less.” Rosselló‘s stinging commentary is likely to exacerbate deep-seated arguments about who deserves federal aid in an administration that has turned disaster relief into red-meat political fodder. While FEMA admitted to widespread failures after Maria ravaged… Read full this story
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