President Trump: Puerto Rico got $91B for hurricane relief, more than U.S. states

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:08 PM PT — Thursday, May 9, 2019

President Trump recently dismissed the criticism of his handling of post-hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. At the White House Thursday, the president said over $90 billion has been allocated for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief.

The president said several U.S. states have received much less money than Puerto Rico despite suffering hurricanes equally as devastating.

In recent years, Puerto Rico has balanced on the edge of poverty due to irresponsible borrowing and left-wing economic policies. President Trump said he’s working to improve the island’s economy.

President Donald Trump speaks during a event on medical billing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“You know it’s interesting…we gave Puerto Rico $91 billion for the hurricane…that’s the largest amount of money given to any state, we’re talking about states, Puerto Rico — little different…Texas got 30, Florida got 12, Puerto Rico got $91 billion, so I think the people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump,” he explained.

Puerto Rico has already received $11 billion and another $40 billion have been allocated yet another $40 billion is projected to be spent to rebuild the island over the next 20-years.

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