President Donald Trump reportedly wants to end disaster aid to Puerto Rico.
Axios reported on Sunday that the president does not want to give any more monies to Puerto Rico to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The reason, it seems, is because, according to Axios, “he claims, without evidence, that the island’s government is using federal disaster relief money to pay off debt.”
Trump has also made a similar claim in a tweet last month, bashing the “inept politicians [who are] trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations.”
The people of Puerto Rico are wonderful but the inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations. The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2018
Trump cannot take away relief monies already allocated to Puerto Rico relief, but he could refuse to sign future spending bills that provide aid.
It is also not the only threat Trump has made to a disaster-ravaged area.
This week Trump has also threatened to cut off federal monies to California because “forest management is so poor.”
“Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump wrote while in Paris, even as fires raged and the death toll continued to rise in the state.
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
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