AP: Trump Called Puerto Rico Aid 'Out of Proportion'

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Published on March 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:34s

AP: Trump Called Puerto Rico Aid 'Out of Proportion'

President Trump reportedly told GOP lawmakers Tuesday that Puerto Rico doesn't need more aid to recover from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.


AP: Trump Called Puerto Rico Aid 'Out of Proportion'

President Donald Trump is facing criticism and an investigation over his opposition to sending more disaster aid funding to Puerto Rico.

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Marco Rubio reportedly said  President Trump told Republicans on Tuesday that aid for Puerto Rico "is way out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others have gotten." Puerto Rico's governor called the president's comments "irresponsible, regrettable and, above all, unjustified."  The U.S. territory suffered major damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and is still recovering.

The official death toll from Maria  was nearly 3,000 .

President Trump has reportedly made similar statements before.

Axios  reported last year  he wanted to stop sending relief funding to the island after Hurricane Maria because he believed it was using the money to pay off its debt.  While the president is in hot water over his comments, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is  digging deeper  and investigating whether the White House actually "interfered" with disaster aid after Hurricane Maria.  The lawmakers who requested  that investigation pointed to allegations that the Trump administration directed HUD to delay sending out aid money.  The Senate is expected to vote on  a disaster aid package  this week that would provide relief for Midwestern states that recently experienced flooding.

But House Democrats have said that $13 billion to $14 billion package won't make it through Congress without further aid for Puerto Rico.

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