Trump team finally releases billions in hurricane relief for Puerto Rico—with major strings attached

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Donald Trump and his team have continued to withhold disaster relief funds from Puerto Rico for the hurricanes that hit the island in 2017, and a series of recent earthquakes that have further damaged homes and infrastructure. Trump has continued to express contempt for the American territory as well, claiming “corruption” as the reason for his instructions that Puerto Rico aid be delayed, reduced, or simply blocked outright.

The good news is that finally, at long last, the administration has been pressured into releasing $16 billion of $20 billion allocated by Congress for hurricane recovery. The bad news is that, yep: Again, Trump’s team of white nationalists and government saboteurs are attaching their own conditions to the aid, conditions so onerous as to apparently be intended as further sabotage of the disaster recovery effort.

Among the supposed anti-“corruption” measures are a prohibition against paying the Puerto Rico minimum wage, $15 an hour, on the projects the federal money funds. The money also can’t be used for the island’s electrical grid—even though the money that was separately allocated for the electrical grid also is being held up by Team Trump. And the whole recovery effort will be supervised by the federal “fiscal control board” that the administration insists is an anti-corruption measure but Puerto Ricans themselves see as yet another thumb in the eye.

So it appears that even after Trump’s team ran out of reasons to stall giving the same allocated disaster aid to Puerto Rico that Trump-supporting places like Texas got almost immediately, Donald’s team is continuing to make sure the money is spent at as slow a pace as possible, and with as many restrictions as possible. The reasons for these acts can only be speculated on but are not, in the slightest, hard to imagine.

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James Simcoe
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James Simcoe

It won’t work; the effort to…mess with…Puerto Rico will continue to be fractured, a step at a time. Why so to act so horribly in the first place? I think it was instituted as an effort to wreck the island society so thoroughly that it could have been rebuilt as a white real estate haven AND THEN admitted as a new state.

DHG
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Those people will end up on the mainland and guess who they are never ever going to vote for,

DHG
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When PR gets the funds, tell the WH to go eff selves and that they will use it as Congress approved it,

Rutokin
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Rutokin

Trumplstiltskin just got busted by the GAO for withholding funding to Ukraine, why wasn’t the same investigation done for the funding here. The damn hurricane was over 2 years ago. He should be charged the same for this one too

Elli
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Elli

Trump accuses corruption. Ha, he should talk. He is the most corrupt monster in this country. They deserve this money to start rebuilding etc.