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 at least 16 people were lost in their territory alone.
On September 25th, Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico sent an urgent request to the Trump administration and U.S. Congress. Rossello asked for the U.S. government to take “swift action” to help Puerto Rico rebuild, putting emphasis on the fact that they are a U.S. territory and Maria has left their home with an “unprecedented disaster” and “vast devastation.”
In regards to Rossello's statement, President Trump was under fire for not acting quickly enough. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was among those who criticized Trump and pushed him to take action.
However, conservatives trusted that Trump was behind the scenes determining the best way to assist Puerto Rico during this difficult time. On Tuesday, Trump officially announced his plans to aid our neighboring territory.
President Trump stated, "Puerto Rico is very important to me and Puerto Rico- the people are fantastic people. I grew up in New York so I know many people from Puerto Rico. I know many Puerto Ricans. These are good people and we have to help them. The island is devastated."
According to ABC News, the president will visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday, October 3rd. Additionally, he released a statement confirming an increase in Federal funding for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief efforts.
Please continue to keep Puerto Rico in your prayers as they recover. In other breaking news, a GOP politician pulled out a handgun on stage.