By Nicole Acevedo
The White House doubled Wednesday's comments by President Donald Trump against the funding for the disaster for Puerto Rico and asked questions about the government's reasons.
On Tuesday, Trump told Republican legislators at a closed session on Capitol Hill that Puerto Rico had received too much money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. The amount was "out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others got," Trump said, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, President of R-Fla., Who was in the room.
On Wednesday, White House Deputy Press Secretary of State Judd Deere told NBC News that while Puerto Rico is on track to receive tens of billions of dollars in unprecedented aid, "the Trump government is not putting taxpayers on the hook to overcome a decades-old spending crisis that has deeply affected the island – economic problems. "
Rep. Nydia Velázquez, DN.Y., from Puerto Rico, has blasted the government's statements in a statement.
"The President's remarks, as reported in the media, have revealed the root cause of his government's callous response to Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico," said Velázquez, "meaning that he lives the lives of millions of Americans Citizens who live there are not appreciated. "
" It is a shame for the president to give aid to the most vulnerable in Puerto Rico, heartless and inexcusable, "the congressman added.
In September 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico; Its consequences led to the deaths of at least 2,975 people, making them the deadliest natural disaster in the United States in a century. Trump has not publicly acknowledged or mourned the victims of the disaster according to the revised figures.
On Wednesday, a White House official told NBC News about some reasons why the government opposed spending more.
But the government misunderstood some facts.
The official said the Puerto Rican government has not yet submitted a plan to repair the island's power grid. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, however, announced Tuesday that he is ready to sign a law approved by the Puerto Rican legislation to determine how the island plans to operate its PREPA-known public authority privatize and develop renewable energy. 19659004] The bill has been in the works for more than a year, when for the first time the Island Government announced its plans to privatize at least part of its power authority.
An official also said that the Puerto Rican authorities had received ill-treatment of the disaster assets.
The claim is not new; Since last year, Trump has repeatedly called on Congress to cease the provision of auxiliary assets and rebuilding ground for Puerto Rico.
Trump has alleged on earlier occasions that the island has attempted to use reprocessing money to cover its public debt of $ 72 billion.
Neither the Puerto Rican authorities nor the US appointed a fiscal authority The recovery has publicly announced that they intend to pay bondholders directly with federal money. In fact, such a plan would have to be approved by Congress.