U.S. territory Puerto Rico was drastically affected by Category 4 Hurricane Maria recently, where Maria made its second and devastating landfall. The entire island was left without power, homes and other properties have been destroyed by the flooding and massive winds, and the lives of over a dozen people were lost in their territory alone.
Given that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, leadership and citizens are expecting President Trump to offer assistance. Apparently, some leaders and politicians don’t think he is acting quickly enough and are concerned about his silence on the issue. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was among those who criticized Trump and pushed him to take action.
Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello released a statement on Monday, sending an urgent request to the Trump administration and U.S. Congress. Rosello referred to the troubles in Puerto Rico as an “unprecedented disaster” with “vast devastation.”
He stated, “We will need the full support of the U.S. government. People cannot forget we are U.S. citizens—and proud of it...Given Puerto Rico’s fragile economic recovery prior to the storms, we ask the Trump administration and U.S. Congress to take swift action to help Puerto Rico rebuild.”
Read the full statement released by ABC News below. Please continue to keep Puerto Rico in your prayers as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Additionally, please pray God’s guidance and wisdom over President Trump’s administration during this time.
Despite criticism, Trump announced his plans to assist Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
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