Trump announces $1.9 billion for Puerto Rico after hurricane
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday a $1 billion package for Puerto Rican relief and recovery following Hurricane Maria, saying that the relief will come from the Treasury Department and the Department of Defense.
The White House said the package will include $500 million for the island’s emergency management and disaster relief agencies, $500 billion for emergency recovery and recovery measures and $250 billion for rebuilding Puerto Rico.
Trump, who visited the island on Wednesday, said that he made the decision to spend the money on Puerto Rico because of the state of the island, its people and its infrastructure.
The island was devastated by Maria, which was the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in a century.
Trump declared a state of emergency and declared a federal disaster in Puerto Rico on Sept. 30.
Puerto Rico has been without power since Sept. 29.
Trump has been critical of the hurricane, saying Puerto Ricans have been treated as second-class citizens.
In a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Puerto Rico Gov.
Ricardo Rosselló said Trump was correct to say that Puerto Ricos were treated like second- class citizens.
“This is a direct response to the crisis on the island,” Rossello said.
“Puerto Rico is a landlocked state that has been in a state and a crisis that has affected the entire nation and that was not the intention of President Trump.”
The president has said that Puerto Rico is in the worst shape it has been since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005.
Trump also said he is sending a delegation to Puerto Rico to assess the damage caused by the storm.
Rosselló was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.