President Trump Donald John TrumpPentagon Approves B in Drug Money for Trump's Border Wall Elizabeth Warren After TMZ Attacks Its Sprint: "Attempt to Criticize the GOP Governor Criticizes Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric" The Media MORE recently asked its top aides about ways to restrict federal funding to Puerto Rico, the Washington Post reported Monday, citing high-ranking government officials.
According to the Post, Trump addressed the issue during a meeting on February 22, 1
"He does not want another single dollar going to the island," a senior government official told The Post.
The newspaper noted that the island is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Maria, which hit land in September 2017, killing thousands of people and leaving even more without power.
The Post also reported Monday that Puerto Rico is facing a food stamp crisis after Congress missed a deadline to re-approve the aid. This program affects around 43 percent of the islanders.
High-ranking Democrats, including the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Kamala Harris . Kamala Devi HarrisSenate Prepares for Green New Deal proposes Constitutional Change to Hold 9 Supreme Court Overnight Energy: Vote Green New Deal to Review UN Unity | Renewable energies on the way to exit coal, study | EPO chief reportedly complaining from my review MORE (California) responded to the Post report by criticizing Trump.
"I am appalled, but unfortunately not surprised by reports for which President Trump continues to seek to block government support. Puerto Rico: His cruel treatment of the people of Puerto Rico is yet another example of the President's attack the needy. "Cuomo tweeted.
I'm appalled, but unfortunately not surprised by reports that President Trump continues to block federal aid to Puerto Rico.
His cruel treatment of the people of Puerto Rico is yet another example of this president's attack on the needy. Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 25, 2019
Harris wrote in a tweet that it was "cruel" to deny support to the people of Puerto Rico.
"The people of Puerto Rico are citizens of the United States, they are in dire straits, and to support them is cruel," she tweeted.
"[Trump] does not want another dollar coming to the island." ,
The people of Puerto Rico are citizens of the United States. They are in extreme need. Denying them help is cruel. https://t.co/sRwkQ6YdU9[19459010-KamalaHarris(@KamalaHarris) March 25, 2019
The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment.