The president of the United States announced an aid of 13,000 million dollars to rebuild the electrical network of the island, damaged by Hurricane Maria.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, confirmed that he will allocate 13,000 million dollars of federal funds to rebuild the electrical network of Puerto Rico, severely affected by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, and stressed that his government is “the best thing that has passed to the island.
“I have to say in a very nice, very respectful way: I am the best thing that has happened to Puerto Rico,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House on Friday.
The president thus ratified the announcement made this Friday by the governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, through her Twitter account about the resources that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, in English) will deliver.
Vázquez, who said she had been informed by phone by the general administrator of FEMA, Pete Gaynor, indicated that the approved amount will be used “to rebuild our electrical and educational system.”
The president, who is seeking re-election in the presidential elections on November 3, indicated that the island’s electricity transmission and distribution lines have been affected by ocean salt, as well as by storms and hurricanes, especially María, which esteem caused 3,000 deaths and incalculable financial losses.
“For many years they have been trying to do this and they have not had the political will in Washington to do it, so we are going to do it for them,” Trump said.
He also announced that he will seek to bring the production of pharmaceutical products back to the island, which, he said, has been leaving for a long period of time to China.
“This was done in previous administrations, I would like to point out that we have done more for Puerto Rico than anyone else and this is just one example of it,” he added.
Trump anticipated that they will also work on the renovation of schools and pointed to his Democratic rival in the November elections, former Vice President Joe Biden, of having “devastated” Puerto Rico in the last administration of President Barack Obama (2009-2017).
In addition, he accused him of having voted as a senator, in 1996, to eliminate a provision that would make the island a major player “in world pharmaceuticals.
Asked about his statements in the past in which he questioned the disbursement of resources to Puerto Rico and the corruption of local politicians, Trump indicated that they have been “one after another.”
“We are studying that and working on that, and we think we have a good group of people working very well with politicians at the moment,” he added.
Trump ha starring different disagreements with the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, as a result of the aid given by Washington to the island after the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Trump’s reaction to that hurricane has generated controversy since his visit to the island in 2017, when he assured that this disaster was not “a real catastrophe” like Katrina was in 2005 in Louisiana.
In September 2018, the head of the White House sparked another fierce controversy by denying that Hurricane Maria caused nearly 3,000 deaths, as indicated by an academic report backed by the Puerto Rican authorities, and by accusing the Democrats without evidence of manipulating that figure to make him look bad.
Trump has also questioned some politicians on the island on several occasions, in particular Mayor Cruz.