Skip to comments.Trump plans to stop disaster relief funds to Puerto Rico
Posted on 11/12/2018 1:06:18 AM PST by conservative98
President Donald Trump reportedly plans to stop financial aid to millions of Americans in Puerto Rico still dealing with the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.
The president believes, without evidence, that the Puerto Rican government is using the disaster relief funds to pay off debt rather than help its citizens rebuild, according to Axios.
The island nation is still rebuilding after Marias destruction more than a year ago; most of the country waited almost 11 months for power to be restored and thousands of people are still displaced after their homes were destroyed.
Trump was initially reluctant to send money to Puerto Rico and has continually complained about having to do so since.
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Fine with me.
Amazing. At least he’s smart enough to do it after the election. W would have done nothing but give more.
Winning! To think those corrupt SOBs want statehood... NOT. A. CHANCE!
It seems our esteemed POTUS has pulled off his gloves and violently flung them on thto the ground.
I can get behind that.
He has evidence, but since when has that mattered to these neanderthals?
I expect disaster funds are a grab bag. Every politician and contractor who can will grab money while it is still possible. With regard to the death toll, I believe families with a disaster related death were getting money from FEMA for funerals and some expenses. It is likely that any death in the following months, even from natural causes or chronic illnesses, will be “disaster related”. Trump is a businessman and knows about this stuff. Obama was an affirmative action type and would accept behavior like this if the right people were benefiting.
San Juan’s mayor has been a total “B” since the get-go.
This woman refused to go to disaster relief meetings, that were held to help leaders facilitate disaster relieve utilization in their districts.
Then she complained the U. S. Government didn’t help her people.
She’s a total wing-nut.
“Without evidence”. That sounds like editorializing to me. You don’t have to like or support Trump but by now everyone should have learned to at least to wait it out a bit before going all to pieces over something he says/does.
“Island nation” and “country” huh? If it’s a nation, why are we footing the bills? We don’t send money if Jamaica or Cuba have a disaster.
The fact that they had a hurricane a year ago does not entitle them to my tax dollars or to debt that my grandchildren will have to repay. That funding needed to end.
The Associated Press, without evidence, claims that the President has no evidence.
we can play that game too, hacks.
Here’s the Axios article to which is being referred:
Trump wants no more relief funds for Puerto Rico
President Trump doesn’t want to give Puerto Rico any more federal money for its recovery from Hurricane Maria, White House officials have told congressional appropriators and leadership. This is because he claims, without evidence, that the islands government is using federal disaster relief money to pay off debt.
The big picture: Trump also told senior officials last month that he would like to claw back some of the federal money Congress has already set aside for Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery, claiming mismanagement.
The White House didn’t comment on this reporting.
Between the lines: Trump won’t be able to take away disaster funds that have already been set aside by Congress, and sources close to the situation tell me the White House hasn’t asked Republican lawmakers to do so. But Trump could refuse to sign a future spending bill that would make more money available for Puerto Rico’s recovery.
Behind the scenes: In late October, Trump grew furious after reading a Wall Street Journal article by Matt Wirz, according to five sources familiar with the president’s reaction. The article said that “Puerto Rico bond prices soared ... after the federal oversight board that runs the U.S. territorys finances released a revised fiscal plan that raises expectations for disaster funding and economic growth.”
Sources with direct knowledge told me Trump concluded without evidence that Puerto Rico’s government was scamming federal disaster funds to pay down its debt.
On Oct. 23, Trump falsely claimed in a tweet that Puerto Rico’s “inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations.”
At the same time, White House officials told congressional leadership that Trump was inflamed by the Wall Street Journal article and “doesn’t want to include additional Puerto Rico funding in further spending bills,” according to a congressional leadership aide. “He was unhappy with what he believed was mismanagement of money,” the aide said.
A second source said Trump misinterpreted the Journal article, concluding falsely that the Puerto Rican government was using disaster relief funds to pay down debt.
A third source said Trump told top officials in an October meeting that he wanted to claw back congressional funds that had previously been set aside for Puerto Rico’s recovery. “He’s always been pissed off by Puerto Rico,” the source added.
Trump’s wariness about sending federal money to Puerto Rico dates back to the beginning of his administration. In early 2017, when negotiating the omnibus spending bill, Democratic congressional leaders were pushing Trump to bail out Puerto Rico’s underfunded health care system that serves the island’s poorest citizens.
Trump insisted in the negotiations that he wouldn’t approve anything close to the level of funds Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats requested, according to two sources involved. (And he didn’t.)
The bottom line: Congress took steps to keep disaster relief funds from being used to pay down the island’s debt, and as Bloomberg reported at the time, “neither the island’s leaders nor the board installed by the U.S. to oversee its budget are proposing using disaster recovery aid to directly pay off bondholders or other lenders.”
Why it matters: Congress will have to pass a new package of spending bills in December. Hill sources say the package may include a bill to send more federal money to disaster areas. Trump has told aides he believes too much federal money has already gone to Puerto Rico more than $6 billion for Hurricane Maria so far, according to FEMA. (The government projects more than $55 billion from FEMA’s disaster relief fund will ultimately be spent on Maria’s recovery.)
In comparison, per the NYT, “when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Congress approved $10 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency four days later, and another $50 billion six days later. The federal government is still spending money on Katrina assistance, more than 12 years after the storms landfall.”
Trump often blames Democratic-controlled states for the fallout from their natural disasters. On Saturday, Trump threatened “no more Fed payments” for California to deal with its deadly fires unless the state addresses what Trump claims is “gross mismanagement of the forests.”
At least 23 people have died because of California’s historically destructive wildfires over the past few days
Around 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria, according to government estimates. Trump, without evidence, has claimed this is fake news designed to make him look bad
How does the "journalist" know this?
but people are dying everyday /s
Axios is a leftist propaganda outlet, and the New York Post is...well, New York (trade interests, globalism, etc.).
The Associated Press is also based in New York.
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