Puerto Rico Government Ricardo Rosselló beat President Trump to oppose further disaster relief to the island and reported that he told Republican senators that he believed American territory received too many federal aid funds over states like Texas and Florida that have also been hit by storms in the last two years.
"The comments attributed to Donald Trump by Senators from his own party today lie under a seated president of US dignity," Rosselló wrote in a statement. "They continue to lack empathy, are irresponsible, regrettable and above all unjustified."
"Mr President: Enough of the insults and degrading mischaracterizations. We are not your political opponents, we are your citizens," the governor added in his most stinging exposition of the President so far.
Mr. Trump reportedly told Republican senators for a policy lunch on Tuesday that federal aid funds sent to Puerto Rico were "far from relationship to what Texas and Florida and others have got," according to the Associated Press.
In both public and private comments, Mr. Trump repeatedly expressed opposition to increased disaster relief for Puerto Rico. The island, which is home to approx. 3.2 million US citizens continue to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane María, who killed nearly 3,000 people ̵
The President's reported comments and continuing opposition to more federal aid to the island are likely to fill another tense standoff with Congress Democrats now controlling Parliament. The Senate will soon vote for a multi-billion dollar disaster relief package that includes support for Puerto Rico and states like California, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska. House Democrats has promised to reject any measure that does not include island funding.
Repeal of the President's "shameful" comments, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer called on his Republican counterparts to ensure that the package guarantees that federal aid funds allocated to Puerto Rico are released.
"Help us send a disaster package that meets the needs, not for some, but for all disaster survivors who meet all Americans needs that are affected, not just those the president says come from a state or territory as he is going to suffer, "said Schumer on the Senate floor Wednesday. President @realDonaldTrump continues to try to block disaster relief for the Americans in Puerto Rico and "does not want another single dollar to go to the island."
These political games must stop. pic.twitter.com/coChwyXsQg
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 27, 2019
The president has repeatedly collided with Rosselló and other Portuguese officials under federal assistance to the United States & # 39; s territory. His administration's handling of recovery efforts in the wake of María and Irma has been heavily criticized by some local residents, leaders and most Democrats in Congress.
Recently, Rosselló has condemned the White House to considerto fund the president's long-standing wall along the US-Mexico border and oppose $ 600 million in food aid, as the White House called " excessive and unnecessary ".