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"I'm here again today to talk about the dignity and respect that this island deserves from our government and the cruelty that has been inflicted on it," said Warren, who announced his bid White House by launching an exploratory committee on New Year's Eve.
The visit was an unusual stop for a presidential candidate
this early in the campaign – although Puerto Ricans are US citizens and voting in the presidential primaries, the territory has no voting representation in the electoral college. But the speech provided the opportunity to connect with an important Latin American constituency and express the island's anger over the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria.
Julia Castro made her first campaign stop as a presidential candidate in Puerto Rico, turning to the Latino Victory Fund and visiting Hurricane Recovery Sites with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. 19659008]
While Cruz blamed the slow response of the administration for many of the deaths in the aftermath of the storm, President Donald Trump asked openly whether the formal death is accurate and has characterized the island's leadership as inefficient with resources and generally inappropriate.
In response to Gov. Ricardo Rossello's repeated calls to Puerto Rican statehood, Trump said in an interview with WTAM Radio in Cleveland in September: "With the mayor of San Juan as bad as she is and as incompetent as she is, Puerto Rico should not talk about statehood before they get some people who really know what they are doing. "
During Tuesday's address, Warren proposed a post-9/11-style study of the Trump administration's response to the storm that scientists say led to over 2,000 deaths. Warren accused the Trump administration of "waste" and "incompetence" and excludes FEMA workers from the resources needed to rebuild the island.
"In the light of the deadly natural disaster in recent American history, the President and his allies in Congress will pretend nothing has happened here," Warren said. "The legacy of colonialism is dying hard. I say it's time to change it."
Further burning of the anti-trumpet on the island struck Trump with a suggestion to withdraw money from disaster relief – some of which have been designated storm storms in Puerto Rico – To fund its wall on the southern border, NBC News reported.
Warren promised Tuesday to stop such a measure on the wall, which she called "stupid."
"Puerto Rico has suffered enough. We will not allow anyone to sabotage your recovery, not even the US President," Warren said.
Warren also touched on long-standing issues on the island, including Puerto Rico's state and the territory's economic misery. The Senator undertook to respect the election of Puerto Ricans with its relationship with the United States, including negotiating with congressional concrete proposals for the territory of its status.
Warren also proposed an independent audit of Puerto Rico's debt crisis – the island is buried in over $ 70 billion in debt, mainly by Wall Street companies. Warren questioned how much of the debt was legally issued and told against savings on the island during the crisis.
Warren further pursued a Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as a Territorial Relief Act to develop a more sustainable recovery and solve their debts.
"For over a decade, Puerto Rico has been a clear example of how well the federal government is working for Wall Street and badly it works for everyone else," Warren said.
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