This year’s hurricane season has brought so much death and destruction to so many Areas along the Atlantic Ocean. Puerto Rico was hit hard, first by Hurricane Irma, then in the following weeks, by Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has come forward to offer praise to President Donald Trump. He is pleased with Trump’s quick response following Hurricane Maria. He explained that the American Island is struggling daily to recover from what Politico has called “the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico.”
Governor Rossello along with other officials applauded President Trump and the United States Federal government for their detailed relief plan that was put into place before Maria even made landfall.
Puerto Rico has been neglected in the past by the Federal government. 3.4 million Americans call the island home. Puerto Rico doesn’t send Representatives or Senators to Congress and has zero Electoral College votes.
Puerto Rico’s non-voting congressional representative, Resident Commission Jenniffer Gonzalez, stated that President Trump’s response is very welcome in comparison to administrations in the past. She explained, “This is the first time we get this type of federal coordination.”
Many are wondering with all of the damage that Houston, Texas and parts of Florida sustained during their respective hurricanes if the United States will be able to sufficiently help Puerto Rico. The answer is yes. This past Saturday, the main port of Puerto Rico reopened which let in 11 ships that were stocked to the brim with full federal aid. They delivered 23,000 cots, 1.6 million gallons of water, food, along with generators as well. There are a ton more ships due to arrive within the next few days as well. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials come on the ships. They had satellite phones to distribute to all of the towns and cities in Puerto Rico. Many in Puerto Rico are still without power, fresh water, or communication to the outside world.
$1 billion in local funds was freed up by the Federal government in order to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Governor Rossello explains that despite everything the island has been provided with, they still are in need of more assistance. He stated, “We’re going to request waivers and other mechanisms so Puerto Rico can respond to this crisis. Puerto Rico will practically collect no taxes in the next month.”
Let’s hope President Trump and the United States government continue to aid in relief efforts as they have been. It’s great to see Rossello speaking out in favor of President Trump after he has done so much to help the island. Let’s all work together to get Puerto Rico back on their feet!